Everything old is new again
Reboot. To many self-styled movie aficionados, the word has come to represent everything they perceive to be wrong with Hollywood. They complain that the increasing number of reboots — six already this year, with many, many more on the way — is a sign that movie studios have simply run out of ideas. But, though the word describing them may be relatively new, Hollywood has been rebooting franchises for a very long time. Sherlock Holmes, Superman, Tarzan, James Bond, Batman — the longevity of these characters as cinematic icons has depended upon periodic reinventions to keep them fresh (we're still waiting for Tarzan's). Obviously, some reboots are better than others, which is why we want you to help us rate the Top 10 Best Movie Reboots.
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Producer Mace Neufeld has worked on all four Jack Ryan movies — The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, A Clear and Present Danger, and The Sum of All Fears — and will also be working on the fifth, currently untitled installment.
With Houssein Amani finished with a draft of the screenplay, and Adam Koxac working on another, Neufeld told Collider why the fifth movie had to be based on an original concept and not a Tom Clancy novel.
We ran out of books ... Red Rabbit was the last one and we just couldn't seem to get a script out of that one. Paramount wanted to restart the franchise. We had done that once before with Ben Affleck but they didn't make a film right after that because Ben got involved with some other film that didn't do well. Things quieted down. The new management came into Paramount and they said, "This is a really valuable franchise. Let's try to restart it with a younger actor." The Chris Pine idea came up and hopefully that’s what we'll be doing.
Neufeld stayed quiet on the plot of the fifth movie, though he did reveal that the story will start "when [Ryan]'s on Wall Street." Neufeld is currently waiting for Koxac's screenplay, which will arrive on January 3, 2010, and Neufeld says the rest of the story will be up to the writer.
Write what you want and then we'll fight with the studio.... It all starts with the writer. It really does. The Jack Ryan movies have never been action films. They're kind of "thinking man's thrillers". Posted 12.07.09 by Ryan
Though we don't see him much these days, for a few years Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan had a great run onscreen. Alec Baldwin was the first actor to play the role in The Hunt for Red October. Then Harrison Ford had a good run as Ryan in Patriot Games and A Clear and present Danger. It all came to an end, though, when Ben Affleck's The Sum of All Fears finished off the franchise.
But since Clancy's books and video games are still selling strong, Variety reports that Paramount Pictures wants to reboot the franchise and is negotiating with Star Trek's Chris Pine to play the Ryan role. Hossein Amini wrote the script for the reboot based on an original concept. No director has been named since Sam Raimi left the project.
Before Pine starts work on a Ryan movie or Star Trek 2, he'll be busy with another movie he is negotiating with Paramount to star in, The Art of Making Money. Money will follow Pine as a master counterfeiter in Chicago and is set to start production early next year. Posted 10.14.09 by Ryan