What a coincidence. I was just watching the first Jack Ryan movie, “The Hunt for Red October” on AMC earlier today, and really enjoyed it. I’ve actually seen the movie about a dozen times, and I’ve always stayed for the entire 3 hours (plus commercials) every single time I stumble across it; it’s that good. Now here’s word that Paramount, which owns the movie rights to the Jack Ryan character, is eyeing “City of God” director Fernando Meirelles to take over the project.
As you may know, a few days ago there were rumors that young Ryan Gosling was being approached to take over the role of Jack Ryan, originally played by Alec Baldwin in the aforementioned “The Hunt for Red October”, before Harrison Ford took over for two movies, and finally, Ben Affleck in “The Sum of All Fears”.
The latest incarnation of the Ryan story would be “By Any Means Necessary”, the first Jack Ryan movie to fly solo without the involvement of original creator Tom Clancy.
Today we received word that the front runner to direct “By Any Mean’s Necessary” – which will star Ryan Gosling as Ryan, if the studio gets their way; he’s yet to sign – is Fernando Meirelles, director of the acclaimed films “City of God” and “City of Men”. An interesting choice indeed. Not exactly the first choice on anybody’s lips when someone’s in need of a helmer for their action/thriller, but at the same time, one that will no doubt deliver something different… which is clearly what the Ryan series’ needs – a shake-up.
The funny thing is, I really enjoyed “The Hunt for Red October”, but I never got into the franchise when Ford took over for “Patriot Games” and “Clear and Present Danger”. Also, I avoided Affleck’s “Sum” like the plague.
So who knows, maybe this is a good time to jump back into the franchise, although I’m not sure how good or “tech-heavy” the movie could be without Clancy’s involvement. That was one of the things I liked most about “October” — all that submarine talk, jargon and strategy. “Patriot Games” really didn’t seem to have a lot of that, which is probably why I lost interest in the franchise…