By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood July 7, 2009 at 1:49AM
Are Tom Clancy movies out of date? Too 80s? Am I the only one who still adores The Hunt for Red October? (It boasts a dreamy cast: Sean Connery, Scott Glenn, Sam Neill, Stellan Sarsgaard, and the young Alec Baldwin.) Well, it turns out Paramount and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura are awaiting the first draft of an original screenplay currently called the "Untitled Tom Clancy Project" from screenwriter Hossein Amini (Jude, Killshot). Yes, Clooney has been discussed for Jack Ryan. But he would have to see script, director, etc. And the studio could choose to go with an older, or a younger Ryan.
Still, a robust franchise would buy Clooney plenty of weighty moral dramas like Good Night, and Good Luck and Syriana. Come to think of it, the hawkish Clancy isn't exactly inside Clooney's wheelhouse, politically speaking.
At one point Paramount was developing an alternative Clancy series, starting with the 1993 novel Without Remorse, a Vietnam era thriller that doesn't feature Jack Ryan (he makes a brief appearance, as does his father) but explores the character of the young John Clark/John Kelly played by Willem Dafoe in Clear and Present Danger. (Superman Returns star Brandon Routh was briefly mentioned for the CIA operative, while Clancy told Premiere in 2001 he preferred Matt Damon.) The studio announced John Singleton as director, but the movie never got anywhere. Another Clancy novel featuring Clark/Kelly, Rainbow Six, never got off the ground, even with Zack Snyder attached to write and direct.
Here's the Jack Ryan Special Edition DVD Collection.
originally posted on Variety.com