Of all the directors out there that I would put in charge of reviving the Jack Ryan franchise, by producing and directing the films, I have to say that Sam Raimi’s name wouldn’t exactly be at the top of the list. In fact, I wouldn’t have Raimi’s name anywhere on the list. Nothing against Sam, because he’s a vastly talented director, but hearing the name Sam Raimi in conjunction with the Jack Ryan franchise is pretty odd. But lo and behold, it’s happened: Paramount is set to revive the franchise by rebooting it (what, you shocked?), and they are currently in negotiations with Sam Raimi to produce and direct the films.
Ryan is the cerebral CIA analyst who climbed the political ladder and became an Everyman action hero star in a quartet of films spearheaded by producer Mace Neufeld. Alec Baldwin originated Ryan in 1990’s “The Hunt for Red October” and when Baldwin famously jumped ship to do “A Streetcar Named Desire” on Broadway, Harrison Ford replaced him in 1992’s “Patriot Games” and 1994’s “Clear and Present Danger.” Ben Affleck played Ryan in 2002’s “The Sum of All Fears.” The four films grossed $781.5 million worldwide.
The studio has been trying to get another Jack Ryan movie off the ground for a while now, and recent rumors had them doing a completely original Ryan adventure (i.e not based on a Tom Clancy book), but with Clancy currently writing another Ryan book, who knows, maybe they’ll return to the well.
Whatever they decide, the decision seems to have been made to reboot the franchise, which would mean catching up to a Jack Ryan as he’s just starting his CIA career. First up, the oft-mentioned Jack Ryan movie “By Any Means Necessary”, perhaps?