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Jack Ryan Has a New Writer

20 December 2008 10:02 AM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Jack Ryan will live again, if Paramount gets their way. According to The Hollywood Reporter, they've hired Hossein Amini to pen a brand new Jack Ryan picture for the studio.

Amini is best known for his classic literature adaptations like Jude, The Four Feathers, and The Wings of the Dove (for which he was nominated for an Oscar). But he seems to be moving into action films these days, like the upcoming Elmore Leonard adaptation Killshot, and he's currently working on James Sallis' Drive for Hugh Jackman. So, Tom Clancy should be a relative breeze in comparison to Leonard, Sallis, and Thomas Hardy.

However, he won't actually be adapting a Clancy book -- Amini will be penning an origin story that reboots the character into a young man, and puts him at the center of an original story. Paramount is hoping that Ryan can become a new franchise, just »

- Elisabeth Rappe

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Another Jack Ryan Movie

19 December 2008 7:30 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Screenwriter Hossein Amini has been hired to tackle a new Jack Ryan movie for Paramount Pictures. The erstwhile intelligence analyst and all-American do-gooder created by novelist Tom Clancy has not appeared onscreen since 2002's "The Sum of All Fears."

Mace Neufeld and Lorenzo Di Bonaventura are producing the project for Paramount. "Spider-Man" director Sam Raimi was on the hook to direct and produce a new Ryan installment, but his packed schedule made his involvement unworkable.

Other producer credits remain undecided.

With a new Jack Ryan installment in the pipeline, Paramount is establishing a muscular franchise lineup: "Iron Man" and "Transformers" are moving toward sophomore editions; "Star Trek" and "G.I. Joe" will launch in the summer as potential multifilm properties; and "Tintin," "Avatar: The Last Airbender" and "Beverly Hills Cop IV" are in development.

Amini is best known for his literary adaptations of Henry James, Thomas Hardy and Elmore Leonard. »

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New Jack Ryan pic attracts scribe

18 December 2008 6:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Is there such a thing as too many franchises?

Screenwriter Hossein Amini has been hired to tackle a new Jack Ryan movie for Paramount Pictures. The erstwhile intelligence analyst and all-American do-gooder created by novelist Tom Clancy has not appeared onscreen since 2002's "The Sum of All Fears."

Mace Neufeld and Lorenzo Di Bonaventura are producing the project for Paramount. "Spider-Man" director Sam Raimi was on the hook to direct and produce a new Ryan installment, but his packed schedule made his involvement unworkable.

Other producer credits remain undecided.

With a new Jack Ryan installment in the pipeline, Paramount is establishing a muscular franchise lineup: "Iron Man" and "Transformers" are moving toward sophomore editions; "Star Trek" and "G.I. Joe" will launch in the summer as potential multifilm properties; and "Tintin," "Avatar: The Last Airbender" and "Beverly Hills Cop IV" are in development.

Amini is best known for his literary adaptations of Henry James, »

- By Jay A. Fernandez and Borys Kit

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Phillip Noyce Remaking 1936 Pirate Flick Captain Blood

3 December 2008 1:26 AM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Pirates are still in! Warner Brothers is remaking the 1935 swashbuckling pirate film Captain Blood that starred Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland and Basil Rathbone. Phillip Noyce, of Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, and Catch a Fire, is set to direct and John Brownlow, of Sylvia and quite a few in-development projects, will write the screenplay. The original film, set in the 1600s, told the the story of a doctor who was convicted of treason and sold into slavery before he escaped to the high seas as a pirate. Obviously Warner Brothers is taking a cue from the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise... I've never seen Captain Blood (do you know anyone that has?), but the tagline for it says that it's "the most magnificent and thrilling sea adventure ever filmed." I damn well hope so! I am, however, quite concerned about Phillip Noyce. I didn't even think he could »

- Alex Billington

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Above Suspicion Adaptation to be Directed by Phillip Noyce

10 November 2008 1:42 AM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Bold Films (Bobby, Starship Troopers 3) has announced that its next feature film project will be an adaptation of New York Times columnist Joe Sharkey's true crime novel "Above Suspicion". Filmmaker Phillip Noyce, of Patriot Games, The Bone Collector, The Quiet American, and Catch a Fire most recently, will direct while Chris Gerolmo, of Mississippi Burning previously, will write the screenplay. The film centers on the true story of the only FBI agent to be convicted of murder - Mark Putnam. He was a dutiful family man and ambitious rookie agent, but everything took a turn for the worse when an affair with an informant threatened to destroy both his career and his marriage. Sounds like it might be intense. I'm not at all familiar with the book or the story, but apparently it's a bit different than most true crime novels. "You almost feel sorrier for the killer »

- Alex Billington

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Aaron Eckhart As Jack Ryan?

25 October 2008 9:33 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan character is kind of like a less-brooding Batman, or an American James Bond. Tons of actors can take a stab at the character, and since no one ever seems to have managed a definitive take, the revolving door of casting can keep spinning for eternity. With another adventure planned for the star of A Clear and Present Danger, Patriot Games and other films, the rumors are starting about who might be qualified to take the role. Though Ryan Gosling has frequently been mentioned for the role-- he's even on the Jack Ryan Wikipedia page-- Moviehole is suggesting that Aaron Eckhart might be up for the role. We all saw him do the noble good-guy thing in the first half of The Dark Knight, and Moviehole thinks those might be the credentials to get him the job. "It's merely a thought at this stage, but he's »

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Jack Ryan Returning to Film

24 October 2008 2:58 PM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

As reported yesterday, Sam Raimi has abandoned beloved Tom Clancy icon Jack Ryan. The director was attached to reboot the Ryan franchise, but had to bow out to focus on his upcoming Spider-Man sequels.

"Because I'm committed to Spider-Man and making that picture," said Raimi, "I think it's going to knock me out of the running for the Jack Ryan picture."

Luckily for the spy thriller hero, Raimi's departure doesn't necessitate a bullet in the back of Ryan's brain. According to Moviehole, there are still active plans to launch a reboot. In fact, with Raimi officially off the project, it looks like Ryan will grace the big screen sooner than expected.

"Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mace Neufeld have been rehired by Paramount as producers on the franchise, with a mandate to come up with a Jack Ryan original Asap," a source close to Paramount tells the Web site. By Any Means Necessary, »

- Josh Wigler

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Update: Angelina Jolie for Tom Cruise in 'Edwin A. Salt'

20 August 2008 9:38 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Which one has the stones for Salt? Update: Only minutes after posting what I thought was a rumor I find out via Variety this is actually a done deal and Wimmer will indeed be rewriting the script to satisfy the gender change, but apparently the project won't require that much of an overhaul to suit her. For a long time Tom Cruise has been attached to star in Edwin A. Salt as the title character, a CIA officer who's accused by a defector of being a Russian sleeper spy. He must elude capture long enough to clear his name. On July 1, 2008 Variety announced Phillip Noyce (Patriot Games, Catch a Fire) would direct the vehicle and while Cruise's name was still attached it wasn't confirmed or "official" that he would star. Well, it seems there is good reason to believe Cruise may not be starring as Entertainment Weekly has scored news »

- Brad Brevet

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Angelina Jolie Replaces Tom Cruise in Edwin A. Salt

11 August 2008 10:36 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Yep, you read that right. Angelina Jolie is replacing Tom Cruise in Phillip Noyce's CIA thriller Edwin A. Salt and the title will change and the screenplay will be rewritten for a female character. It was only July that we wrote about this film, announcing that Patriot Games and Catch a Fire helmer Phillip Noyce would be directing. The screenplay was written by Kurt Wimmer, of Equilibrium and Street Kings, and is being rewritten for Jolie instead. The story focuses on a CIA officer who must prove that they're not a Russian sleeper spy out to assassinate the President. The deal only fell into place two weeks ago but is making news this week - and I must say, that kind of headline will definitely shake things up. Although the news has been reported by various outlets, no details on why Cruise left and why Jolie stepped in have been revealed. »

- Alex Billington

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On DVD Today: July 29, 2008

29 July 2008 3:48 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

DVD Links: Release Dates | New Dvds | Reviews | RSS Feed Paramount Blu-ray Extravaganza! Thanks to Comic Con my Blu-ray watching abilities were basically destroyed. I came home to several new Blu-ray discs that arrived in the time I was away and out of all of them eight of them hit the shelves today. Six of them I am going to detail here as they are catalog titles. The others I will get to in a second. The first one was Top Gun of which I reviewed on HD DVD (review here) and was not very kind to considering the HD DVD edition contained none of the features from the 2-Disc Special Edition DVD. Well, I am happy to say the Blu-ray comes with all the goodies (documentaries, music videos, commentaries, etc.) that I loved from the DVD. On top of that... included is a DTS soundtrack, a Huge step up from the HD DVD Dolby DigitalPlus. »

- Brad Brevet

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Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: July 6, 2008

6 July 2008 2:02 PM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Welcome folks to another Weekend Movie Wrap Up - the column where you discover the smaller and more interesting news of the past week.

This week:

David Fincher lines up another project, Jim Caviezel and Ian McKellen become Prisoner’s, Paul Anderson threatens us with another Resident Evil, Tom Cruise takes everything with a pinch of Salt and Christian a makes Amends.

 

1. David Fincher is developing a computer-animated film called The Goon - based on Eric Powell’s comic book.

According to Comingsoon:

“The comic follows the adventures of a muscle-bound brawler who claims to be the primary enforcer for a feared mobster. The stories have a paranormal and comedic edge to them and concern ghosts, zombies, mad scientists and “skunk apes.”

Don’t get too excited though - Fincher is only producing. Good job too - the man only has about 13, 000 directing projects attached to his name.

Source: Comingsoon. »

- Niall Browne

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Ford keen to revisit Jack Ryan

28 May 2008 7:41 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Harrison Ford has revealed that he would like to return to the Jack Ryan franchise. Ford starred as Tom Clancy's CIA analyst character in Patriot Games and Clear And Present Danger before seeing Ben Affleck take over the role in 2002's The Sum Of All Fears. The Indiana Jones star admitted that he wasn't interested in starring in the last Ryan movie but admired Affleck's portrayal of the character. He told The Sun: "The Ryan films, the Tom Clancy films were I thought worth re-exploring again but I wasn’t a huge fan of the book on which the last one was based. "I thought (more) »

- By Simon Reynolds

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Ford Eyes Jack Ryan Return

27 May 2008 9:06 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Harrison Ford is considering reprising another of his big-screen action heroes - his role as special agent Jack Ryan.

Ford followed in the footsteps of Alec Baldwin in 1990 film Hunt For The Red October, by playing the CIA analyst in 1992's Patriot Games.

The 65-year-old returned to the role two years later for Clear and Present Danger, but Ryan - novelist Tom Clancy's most famous creation - has since been played by Ben Affleck, who stepped up for 2002's The Sum of All Fears.

Ryan Gosling is the latest actor to have been linked to the role.

But Ford insists he would definitely consider making a third Jack Ryan movie - because he would love to play a mature version of the legendary character.

He says, "The Ryan films, the Tom Clancy films were, I thought, worth re-exploring again, but I wasn't a huge fan of the book on which the last one was based. I think they made a cracking good shot at it and I think Ben Affleck is a very, very talented.

"That's a character that I think you could revisit acknowledging the passage of time and his increasing age. It wasn't age dependent; that character and his experiences were chockablock full of recipes for good engaging movies, so that's a character I wouldn't mind revisiting." »

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Phillip Noyce in talks for 'Money'

29 April 2008 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Phillip Noyce is in negotiations to direct The Art of Making Money, a DreamWorks project about a notorious counterfeiter who printed more than $10 million in fake bills.

The WMA-repped Noyce has been eyeing as many as four projects during the past few weeks, of which Money is one.

The DreamWorks project centers on Art Williams, the alias of an audacious Chicago counterfeiter who printed fake $100 bills using cutting-edge techniques and continued to do so even after he had been caught by the FBI. Last year, he was sentenced to seven years in federal prison.

The project is based on Jason Kersten's 2005 profile of Williams in Rolling Stone, with Kersten and Williams also under contract to write a book about the counterfeiter's colorful life.

Frank Baldwin is attached to write the screenplay, with Brian Robbins producing through his Varsity Pictures banner.

During his 30-year career, the Australian-born Noyce has worked on a diverse number of projects, from commercial films such as Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger to prestige films like Rabbit-Proof Fence, The Quiet American and his most recent release, the 2006 Tim Robbins political thriller Catch a Fire. Noyce is also attached to helm the Philip Roth adaptation American Pastoral for Lakeshore. »

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Clancy's Home Hit By Blaze

30 March 2008 6:31 PM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Patriot Games author Tom Clancy's Maryland home has been badly damaged by a fire.

Damages worth $10,000 (GBP5,000) were caused when the inferno ripped through the second floor deck of Clancy's house on Chesapeake Bay, near Washington D.C on Saturday.

Clancy escaped unhurt and firefighters were able to put out the blaze.

The novelist is famous for writing The Hunt For Red October, starring Sir Sean Connery, also Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger - which starred Harrison Ford as Jack Ryan. »

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