Variety announced this morning that Paramount and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura are anxiously awaiting the first draft of the “Untitled Tom Clancy Project” from screenwriter Hossein Amini (”Jude”, ”Killshot”) – and yes, George Clooney’s still expressing interest in playing Jack Ryan.
Just over twelve months ago, it was announced that “Spider-Man” director Sam Raimi was looking to follow in John McTiernan, Phil Noyce & Phil Alden Robinson’s footsteps and develop a chapter (or two) in the Jack Ryan franchise. Unfortunately, it never got beyond the discussion stage, largely because of Raimi’s commitment to the web-slinger.
â€œI was chasing [that gig] because I love that character so muchâ€, the filmmaker says of the Tom Clancy-created CIA analyst character last seen in 2002â€™s â€œThe Sum of All Fearsâ€. â€œI really wanted to treat him seriously and deliver a grade-A Tom Clancy thriller. But then they wanted to make Spider-Man 4, so I couldnâ€™t make it.
“But I love those movies, I still have [the first films â€“ The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger] on video-tape actually. I loved [Alec] Baldwin and Harrison Ford. Those films are so consistently well-made â€“ I liked them better than some of the James Bond movies.â€
But “Spider-Man 4″, says Raimi, was just an offer too good to refuse.
â€˜â€™I love the character â€“ I love Spider-man, but I really love Peter Parker. I think I can do a good job, if not a better job, than Iâ€™ve done before. I really feel like I know the character in a way I havenâ€™t been able to put on film just yetâ€
Raimi, who requested â€œa lot of creative controlâ€ on the new sequel, says heâ€™s currently â€œworking with the writer and trying to get the script in shape, talking about casting and the visual effects and the story. We start shooting in February next yearâ€.
Raimi said he’d love to see some other Marvel characters introduced into the “Spider-Man” universe at some stage – Frank Castle/The Punisher being one – but believes there’d be too much red-tape to unstick to get it done.