Screenwriter Steven Zaillian Hired to Rewrite Fifth Jack Ryan Movie
Posted 02.02.11 by Ryan
Fear not, Jack Ryan fans, a fifth movie based on Tom Clancy's novels is going to happen.
Set to start shooting in Budapest next month with director Jack Bender (TV's Lost), and Chris Pine in the lead role, THR now reports that Paramount has pushed the start date for the untitled fifth Jack Ryan movie to Spring so screenwriter Steven Zaillian can perform a rewrite. Zaillian, who wrote the American adaptation of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and its potential sequel, is no stranger to the property, having written 1994's A Clear and Present Danger, the third movie featuring the Jack Ryan character, and the last to feature Harrison Ford in the role.
The script has been in development for a while, with Hossein Amini hired in 2008 to write an original script not based on a Clancy novel. Adam Koxac was brought in to script the next draft, with Anthony Peckham taking over to do rewrites last September. Perhaps finally, Zaillian will finish the script for another Jack Ryan adventure, which, while details are being kept secret, will take the character back to the earliest days of his career and serve as an origin story that will perhaps launch a new series of sequels.
According to the report, Zaillian's involvement is a positive sign that the movie will be set back on track. "If they’re spending the money for this guy, they’re making the movie," a source told THR.