Since Tom Clancy’s death in 2013 we’ve seen his Jack “Ryanverse” come to the screen twice, first on the big screen in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) with Chris Pine as Ryan, and later on the small screen in Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan (2018) on Amazon Prime with The Office’s John Krasinski stepping into the role of Ryan previously handled by Alec Baldwin in The Hunt for Red October (1990), Harrison Ford in Patriot Games (1992) and Clear and Present Danger (1994), and Ben Affleck in The Sum of All Fears (2002). In Clear and Present Danger, the second major Ryanverse character arrived in Willem Dafoe’s John Clark, later reprised by Liev Schreiber in The Sum of All Fears. As was first done with Ryan in The Sum of All Fears, and later with Pine and Krasinski, the franchise is taking another step back in into the Clancy timeline for the next movie–a prequel, a direct-to-Amazon Prime feature adapting Clancy’s 1993 novel Without Remorse. That book and its new movie adaptation Without Remorse focuses on the origin of the John Clark character (initially introduced as John Kelly, as explained in the novel/movie), this time played by Creed and Black Panther’s Michael B. Jordan. Check out the trailer for the movie below.
The Clancy novels are a product of the 1980s and Clancy’s military experience and contacts. The novels from the 1990s played on the Cold War era nostalgia of sorts of the Americans vs the Soviets. The height of the stories arrives once Jack Ryan becomes President of the United States, the one key segment of the films yet to be handled at the movies or on television, notably in the novel Debt of Honor. A sequel to Without Remorse starring Jordan is also in the works for Amazon, the adaptation of the John Clark-centric novel Rainbow Six.
Look for Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse coming to Amazon Prime April 30, 2021. First catch up with the novel, available here at Amazon.
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