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Update: George Clooney as JACK RYAN?

Sources say Clooney wants the Tom Clancy character.

By Jarrod Sarafin     July 07, 2009
Source: The Daily Beast

George Clooney as Danny Ocean in OCEAN'S ELEVEN(2001).
© Warner Bros. Pictures

Update: There's been an update of sorts on the Clooney/Jack Ryan rumor we heard earlier this week. Anne Thompson's Variety blog reports knowledge of Clooney's interest to play the Tom Clancy character but all parties are waiting on the script from from screenwriter Hossein Amini (Jude, Killshot) and a decision hasn't been made whether they will go with a young or older Jack Ryan in the Untitled Tom Clancy Project (as it's currently called).

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This week Mania had some fun with throwing some alternative choices into the equation. You can read about it here.


Original Story: Are we about to see a total reversal of plans for Paramount's gestating Jack Ryan series? That very well may be the case here if Kim Masters' sources at The Daily Beast come to fruition. In a business commentary about the production deals (or lack of) going down within Hollywood at the time, Masters is reporting that George Clooney is interested in playing Tom Clancy's shelved hero Jack Ryan.

Clooney also appears to be looking for his next commercial opportunity now that the Ocean’s franchise seems to be played out. A source says he expressed interest in playing Jack Ryan when and if Paramount attempts to revive the Tom Clancy series. Clooney seems to recognize that at this time in the world and this time in his life (he’s pushing 50), it’s time for some commercial maintenance.

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The issue with this speculation is previous confirmations from producers that Paramount is looking to reboot the Clancy character with a younger actor in hopes of a new franchise of films. At one point in time, Ryan Gosling was rumored to be a favorite for the role.

Clooney may desire to have a new franchise character under his belt here but in order for this to work out, the studio would need to shift their desires away from a youthful Jack Ryan. Paramount does have some options for this scenario with an older Jack Ryan being the central focus of Tom Clancy's later novels, "Debt of Honor", "Executive Orders," and "The Bear and the Dragon."

What do you think? Could George Clooney be the next Jack Ryan?


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saiyiansreign823 7/7/2009 4:12:08 AM

 i think he would play an excellent Jack Ryan, his work in Michael Clayton was Ryan-esque! Well, minus the action of a Tom Clancy Novel.

larkcall_home 7/7/2009 4:22:09 AM

What the heck... It's been a while since he ruined a franchise.  Are they going to give him nipples again?

jedibanner 7/7/2009 5:38:25 AM

I'm so happy they are not even considering Ben Affleck for this franchise......man does he suck.

ddiaz28 7/7/2009 5:45:33 AM

I didn't mind Ben Affleck.  I really enjoyed Sum of all Fears.  I thought they were gonig to do Red Rabbit with Affleck.  But Clooney would be good.  He's probably around the same age Harrison Ford was when he did his two films so it would work out just fine.  And he's a great actor to boot.

jdnobody 7/7/2009 6:27:54 AM

I too think this is a pretty good casting...This seems right up Clooney's alley.   I enjoyed the first couple films with Ford...though how long before the decide to make this a chance to "reboot" the franchise and just start remaking The Hunt for Red October, Clear and Present Danger, etc?  I hope that is not what they have planned!


SgtTechCom 7/7/2009 6:48:04 AM

Hell yeah sign em up ! He'll kick ass.

George was the Best Bruce Wayne hands down. Looks/Comic adaptation. It's not his fault they had a horrible director that ruined everything else.

He'll make a fine Jack Ryan.

dboy79 7/7/2009 6:55:23 AM

didn't clancy have a shit fit cause Ford wasn't...how should i say this...poltically right enough for his tastes?  if that's the case he's going in the wrong direction with Clooney who's pretty much to the left of everyone.

LocoLobo73 7/7/2009 7:10:44 AM

Though, I'd rather see Harrison return as Jack Ryan, Clooney would be great to , I think they should do Executive Order and The Bear and the Dragon which are basically  the Presidential series of Jack Ryan. Both novels are excellent and would make for a great movie. They could also do Without Remorse and have Clooney play Jacks Father , Emmet Ryan ,a baltimore cop, who is tracking a serial killer , who is killing pimps and drug dealers for vengence. The book is mainly about John Kelly and how he becomes John Clark. Which would make a great prequel to Rainbow Six which is a movie that should have been made years ago. It's a shame with all the reboots of old properties that Hollywood is currently doing, why not do something new and fresh, from an author who has a proven track record. His books are best sellers for a reason, now just do them right. I'm a huge fan of the novels and was kinda put off by Sum of all Fears, which I loved as a novel,  but after a few years I caught it on tv and It wasn't a bad flick. It actually reminded me of Red October, see I hadn't read the books at that time and I loved the movie which got me reading the novels, Though Red was a little closer to the  Novels , the other movies where nt even close but they where still good movies. I personally just think people have a problem with Ben Affleck, but I mean come on he wasn't that bad in Sum.  I hope we see atleast one of the afore mentioned movies. I mean Its been a while since we had a good Presidential thriller with suspense , espionage and spies like Jack Clark who makes Bond look like a sissy.

NotAFan 7/7/2009 7:32:30 AM

Get Ready! SHia Lebuff will be Jack Ryan! That little fucker is in everything! He is the new Jude Law! Hopefully he'll get drunk and drive off a cliff or something!

Wiseguy 7/7/2009 7:34:27 AM

Has Clooney ever had a hit that wasn't part of an ensemble? It seems that despite all the notoriety this guy gets his films don't benefit. From the beginning I thought it was too bad Baldwin left, he was the best JR IMO, even better than Ford. Having said that I think Clooney would be an excellent JR, for some reason (maybe cause previous roles) I can see him being a CIA analyst

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