Comingsoon recently cornered producer Mace Neufel who was doing the promo rounds for his upcoming Clint Eastwood-Matt Damon rugby movie “Invictus”, and asked him about the upcoming Jack Ryan reboot set to star the rebooted “Star Trek’s” Chris Pine. Neufel confirms that the reboot will, indeed, be a prequel that will follow Ryan as he moves from civilian life into the role of a CIA analyst. I’m guessing they’ll stay a tad close to the novels and not make Ryan into some super spy, but just a really smart guy who knows stuff, and ends up in action sequences purely by accident. Then again, they did bother to cast Pine, who is a pretty physical looking actor, and keeping him behind a desk would kinda a waste.
“We pick him up when he’s on Wall Street,” says Neufeld, “…[but] the Jack Ryan movies have never been action films. They’re kind of ‘thinking man’s thrillers.’ Jack is referred to as a ‘water-walker’ because of his ability to jump ahead to conclusions. That’s very big in all the Jack Ryan films and that’s how we want to portray him. He’s a teacher. He’s a historian. He’s a linguist. And he’s really smart.”
I loved the hell out of “The Hunt for Red October”, mostly because I see it about once a month when it re-runs on one of the cable networks. Never really cared much for the Harrison Ford Ryan movies, but then again, I’ve never really been a fan of an Aged Harrison running around battling terrorists. And I didn’t even bother with the recent reboot with Ben Affleck.
The first script for the still-untitled (seriously, guys, how hard is it to come up with a title?) reboot by Hossein Amini is done, and Adam Cozad has been assigned polishing up duties. The script, we’re told, will be a fresh take on the character, and won’t have anything to do with the Tom Clancy novels.