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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Sam Raimi and Jack Ryan

After his supernatural horror flick, "Drag Me To Hell" is finished, director Sam Raimi ("Evil Dead," "Spider-Man") plans on giving Tom Clancy's character Jack Ryan a shot. We're not just talking about one film, but a new series of films featuring a new, younger Jack Ryan set in modern times. No word if Paramount will be using source material from one of Clancy's books to create a story, or if it will be an original script.

As much as I want to see a new Jack Ryan movie, I think giving it to Raimi is a bad idea. He's talented and classy, but only in certain genres. (Like sci-fi, fantasy and horror-- All of which can easily run together at times.) Raimi throwing Jack Ryan at modern political agendas just seems like something out of his realm. Furthermore, a younger Jack Ryan sounds like anything but a decent revival. "The Sum of All Fears" not only proved that Ben Affleck is a poor actor, but that a young Jack Ryan just doesn't work. What about when Jack Ryan becomes president? What about his later career after "The Red October," and "Clear and Present Danger?" The source material is there and it's very interesting. Lets stop trying to make a young, hip Jack Ryan, and start making the Jack Ryan found in Clancy's books. Wouldn't that be a novel idea?

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