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.

Damn.

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TempestDash
Fri, Oct 04, 2013 1:09pm

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
Jurgan
Fri, Oct 04, 2013 3:21pm

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

RogerBW
RogerBW
reply to  Jurgan
Sun, Oct 06, 2013 1:45pm

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

Dr. Rocketscience
Dr. Rocketscience
reply to  RogerBW
Mon, Oct 07, 2013 1:40am

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
RogerBW
reply to  Dr. Rocketscience
Mon, Oct 07, 2013 8:27am

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.

Dr. Rocketscience
Dr. Rocketscience
Fri, Oct 04, 2013 10:16pm

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

Paul Wartenberg
reply to  Dr. Rocketscience
Sat, Oct 05, 2013 3:27am

they wanna turn it into another Bourne series, actually.

Dr. Rocketscience
Dr. Rocketscience
reply to  Paul Wartenberg
Sat, Oct 05, 2013 6:26am

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.

Mate Sršen
Fri, Oct 04, 2013 10:47pm

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

Paul Wartenberg
reply to  Mate Sršen
Sat, Oct 05, 2013 3:28am

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
Dr. Rocketscience
reply to  Paul Wartenberg
Sat, Oct 05, 2013 6:27am

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

KateAf
KateAf
Fri, Oct 04, 2013 11:43pm

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

Paul Wartenberg
reply to  KateAf
Sat, Oct 05, 2013 3:26am

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

Fred
Fred
reply to  KateAf
Mon, Oct 07, 2013 6:49pm

I think its a great plot.

Paul Wartenberg
Sat, Oct 05, 2013 3:25am

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.

RogerBW
RogerBW
Sun, Oct 06, 2013 1:46pm

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