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Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit trailer: reboot in name only

It’s not based on a Tom Clancy novel. It’s clearly not meant to bear any resemblance whatsoever to the actual Jack Ryan timeline the books established. So it’s just another action movie. It’s directed by Kenneth Branagh, so it’ll probably be a pretty good just-another-action-movie, but c’mon.

If they really wanted to do something different, here’s an idea: Jacqueline Ryan.

The thought that really bugs me is this: The Hunt for Red October, one of the greatest thrillers ever made, could not get made today. It would be considered too thinky, too talky, not actiony enough.


US/Canada release date: Dec 25 2013 | UK release date: Dec 25 2013
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  • YouTube link doesn’t appear to work in the US. The official site links us to: http://movies.yahoo.com/video/jack-ryan-shadow-recruit-trailer-210023496.html

    But that video doesn’t appear embeddable….
    Or maybe it does, I see there is an embed option at the bottom of Yahoo’s page.

  • Jurgan

    So this comes out the same week Tom Clancy dies. Somehow, it seems appropriate.

  • Dr. Rocketscience

    So, they want to turn the Jack Ryan franchise into an American James Bond series.

  • That reminds me, I gotta watch The Hunt for Red October again. It’s out on Bluray, right?

  • KateAf

    A real reboot would make another nationality the enemy. So sick of this anti-Russian Cold War shit.

  • Why did they make Jack Ryan into John Clark? One of the better parts of the Clancy ‘Verse is how the college-teacher / analyst Ryan relies on the hard-edged Clark for all the dirty stuff, and how Clark gets snarky about it.

  • True. Next Clancy reboot let’s make the bad guys into Texan Secessionists. It’ll have the advantage of being up-to-date :)

  • they wanna turn it into another Bourne series, actually.

  • I’ve been thinking about Red October lately. The bit where the Thompson character goes “This business will get out of control” seems so apt with our current gov’t shutdown game of brinkmanship.

  • Dr. Rocketscience

    Nah, the Bourne series changed protagonists, and is trying to tell parallel stories. A Rosencrantz and Guildenstern sort of a thing. Chris Pine is now the 4th actor to play Jack Ryan, and they’re starting to tell “original” stories.

    This has the Bond written all over it.

  • Dr. Rocketscience

    And it becomes darkly ironic when you consider who delivered that line.

  • RogerBW

    At least Clancy’s not around to see it. (Not that he’d have minded, I suspect; he knew where the money came from.)

  • RogerBW

    Looks to me more than anything else like the True Lies remake that was being called for by… well, nobody, really.

  • Dr. Rocketscience

    Meh. Clancy was a hack with a fetish for military hardware rivaled only by Michael Bay. And he was willing to put his name on everything, especially when he didn’t have to offer up anything but his name.

    I hate to see anyone die before 70, but somehow I doubt this, or the next Splinter Cell game, or the series of Jack Ryan novels written by other hacks, will ever cause him to spin in his grave.

  • RogerBW

    And when most name-sellers allow the guy who actually did the work to have his name on the book too, in smaller print, several of Clancy’s “created by” series don’t credit an author at all.

  • Fred

    I think its a great plot.

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