Variety blogger Anne Thompson writes that George Clooney is interested in assuming the role of CIA analyst Jack Ryan, popularized in a series of thrillers by Tom Clancy.
Four films have been adapted from the novels featuring three different actors playing Ryan: The Hunt for Red October (Alec Baldwin, 1990), Patriot Games (Harrison Ford, 1992), Clear and Present Danger (Harrision Ford, 1994), and The Sum of All Fears (Ben Affleck, 2002).
Though the most recent, The Sum of All Fears, was a commercial success, Paramount (which has the rights to the franchise) has not moved forward with another film with Affleck in the role. In part, Thompson notes, because Affleck's prime supporter at the studio has left.
Still, with George Clooney in a production deal with Paramount, it seems like a natural part for the actor to play. And there's plenty of material to choose from: there are 8 novels in the series that have yet to be adapted (though not all prominently feature Jack Ryan in the plot).
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