This coming holiday season (now less than 11 months away) will be graced with the presence of yet another ‘Jack’-titled actioner, but this one is a much bigger deal. Paramount has been quietly reworking the Jack Ryan franchise to create an Avengers-type spy universe based on its Tom Clancy source material. The first film out of the gate with be…Jack Ryan from Thor director Kenneth Branagh. We bring this up today because even though there is not a trailer just yet, there are new official photos that come from USA Today. These show Chris Pine as the title character as well as his CIA mentor played by Kevin Costner (who has been described as the Nick Fury of this franchise.) It is not much to show, but it should serve to remind you all that this movie is happening, and the budget is a whole lot bigger than that other Jack movie (Reacher) which may or may not receive a sequel. Continue Reading
And just like that, Jack Ryan mentor William Harper has put in an appearance. A day after the first official photo for Kenneth Branagh’s Jack Ryan reboot was revealed, a new image emerged spotlighting Kevin Costner’s character who is attached to not just the Jack Ryan trilogy, but also Christopher McQuarrie’s Without Remorse and potentially even his own franchise. He truly is the Nick Fury of Paramount’s Tom Clancy universe, so enjoy the first of many looks at this character in action. Continue Reading
With the Jack Ryan reboot set to release next Christmas, the Kenneth Branagh-directed feature is now in production and that is why today we are privy to the first image of Chris Pine in CIA mode…again. It is not much to look at early on as it really is just his character riding a fancy motorcycle, but guess what other movie did he put a lot of horse power between his legs. The J.J. Abrams Star Trek reboot and that one turned out pretty good for him. Considering Pine does not have a laundry list of credentials, it now certainly appears as if the actor is being typecast as ‘the guy who rides motorcycles.’ It is kind of weird, but we will go with it. Continue Reading
No surprises here. Paramount has dated their Jack Ryan reboot with Chris Pine for Christmas 2013. The December 25th release news comes about a week after word that the series would break new ground at the end of the year. It was at that point that I suggested a date in December because ‘it made sense,’ and now we have confirmation rather than half-hearted blogger conjecture which is infinitely better.
For those unfamiliar with what is going on here, Jack Ryan is the working title for the Kenneth Branagh-directed relaunch for one of Paramount’s most bankable action properties. Through the years, Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, and Ben Affleck filled the shoes of the series’ central character–a Tom Clancey-created CIA agent with an affinity for being at the center of tricky situations with geopolitical consequences. Playing the female lead this time will be Keira Knightley and the villain will be Branagh. Continue Reading
The long-awaited Jack Ryan revival now has a date! Well, sort of. Deadline is reporting tonight that they have confirmation Paramount will re-launch the franchise in the fourth quarter of 2013. Presumably, they will be eyeballing a near-Christmas date which looks rather empty at the moment, but they could always hop aboard in November and try their luck versus Thor and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Considering that the studio has plans to create a ‘Jack Ryan Universe’ ala Avengers, there is next to no possibility of an October release.
For those of you unfamiliar with what is happening here, let me clarify a bit. Paramount is rebooting a Tom Clancy-spawned movie franchise that has produced a number of hits already including The Hunt for Red October, The Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, and The Sum of All Fears. The studio enlisted Chris Pine as the fourth Jack Ryan who will be part of a three-picture deal, but there appears to be potential for much more than that. Continue Reading
Ever since The Avengers, there has been a massive amount of jawing in Hollywood among studios and producers wanting to replicate the crossover success that Disney has achieved. While a lot of it sounds good on paper, most of it is just a pipe dream because the level of dedication that is needed to invent a franchise like that is just too much to bear for any company that lives and dies tentpole-to-tentpole.
Fortunately, today we are hearing for the first time that a studio has much more than simply hope in accomplishing just that as the Kenneth Branagh-directed franchise reboot of the Jack Ryan series (Clear and Present Danger, Patriot Games, Sum of All Fears) will signal the start of something much bigger. We already knew going into today that this was a possibility as Paramount recently hired Jack Reacher director Chris McQuarrie to helm a spin-off of sorts called Without Remorse. Continue Reading
One of the ongoing questions this month regarding Kenneth Branagh’s reboot of the Tom Clancy-spawned Jack Ryan series has been who would be cast as the female lead. Whoever landed the part was to be given a three-picture deal and the opportunity to work with one of the industry’s premiere directors which made this a juicy role that a handful of Hollywood’s leading ladies turned out for. Continue Reading
Good news everyone. The Bourne Legacy may be getting some mixed reviews early on, but we are receiving the first indication today that another potential action franchise might be able to make up for any shortcomings the genre might have in the back-half of this year. According to reports, Paramount liked the Tom Cruise starrer-Jack Reacher so much that they are preparing to hand over the keys of the Tom Clancy novel Without Remorse to director Christopher McQuarrie who will presumably both write and direct. Continue Reading
Kenneth Branagh’s Jack Ryan franchise reboot has quietly begun casting up as the director has signed up another supporting actor for the Chris Pine starring vehicle in which he will also star. Kevin Costner has been tapped to fill the role as Pine’s CIA mentor, making this the first major addition to the former action star’s plate for quite some time. Continue Reading
One of the big upcoming franchises coming down the pipe is Paramount’s Jack Ryan–a rebirth of sorts for a franchise that broke ground in the early 1990′s with two successful efforts led by Harrison Ford. The studio gave the property a reboot nearly a decade ago with the Ben Affleck-starrer Sum of All Fears and even though the actioner proved to be a profit source, it has been a long while since Paramount has been willing to give it another go. Continue Reading
Fans of Kenneth Branagh could be in for a real treat as the director’s Jack Ryan reboot could be much more than his directorial follow-up to Thor. Reports are starting to surface that he is also interesting in taking a starring role as well in the form of the film’s central villain. Chris Pine is still set to play the series’ lead protagonist which starts to give us a sense of where things are headed with Branagh’s fresh take on the Tom Clancy-created franchise. Continue Reading