Peckham onboard Jack Ryan reboot Moscow


WB are lending ostensibly in-house scribe Anthony Peckham (“Sherlock Holmes”, “Invictus”) to Paramount for a spell, where the up-and-comer will have a stab at penning a new draft of the studio’s Jack Ryan reboot “Moscow”.

The film, which will be directed by TV vet Jack Bender (“Lost”) and star Chris Pine – in a role previously played by Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck, respectively – as CIA analyst Jack Ryan, is due to lens late this year/early next. ‘Ryan’-staple Mace Neufeld (“The Hunt for Red October” onwards) returns as producer.

Heat Vision says the powers-that-be are developing the movie to tell the story of Ryan’s early career. The story is set in Russia, with terrorist acts as a backdrop.

Adam Cozad previously worked on the script and before him, Hossein Amini.

Pajiba recently published a report on Amini’s draft. Assumingly, the guts of the story will stay the same.

“The movie will pick up with the Jack Ryan not long after his stint in the Marines, before he’s joined the CIA, while he’s a Wall Street stock broker, an occupation that will play heavily into the script. In the Clancy novels, Jack Ryan was a successful financial analyst in Baltimore for Merrill Lynch. In the new movie, he will have transplanted to Moscow to continue his financial advising, not for Merill Lynch (which has been absorbed by Bank of America), but for a billionaire employer. It is that billionaire employer who eventually sets Jack Ryan up to take the fall for terrorist plot designed to collapse the U.S. economy…After that, Ryan must race against time to clear his name, reveal the terrorist plot, and save his wife, who has been taken hostage by the billionaire employer.”

Another film based on a character introduced in a Tom Clancy novel, that of John Clark, is also getting the cinematic reboot treatment (the character turned up in both “Clear and Present Danger” and “The Sum Of All Fears”). Stuart Beattie (“Pirates of the Caribbean”) told us a few weeks back that he’d written the script for “Without Remorse” a while back, and hoped to convince the studio to let him direct.

“I’ve read every Tom Clancy book. Love Tom Clancy. I think Without Remorse is the best book. I’ve always loved it. It’s great. And it was actually pitched to me; I went in to Paramount and they offered me two things – one that I wasn’t that keen on, and then Without Remose. I was like, ‘Without Remorse!? Are you kidding me!?’ I jumped all over that one”.

Beattie says “Without Remorse” was “the hardest adaptation I’ve ever done. It’s a 700 page book with stories that run consecutively but haven’t nothing to do with each other – until page 699. You can’t do that in a movie, so to make that work, and to make it modern-day, I hard to work hard. I loved it so much that I didn’t want to ruin it…. But I think we got it [right], it’s just a question of when it will happen.”

Beattie says “Without Remorse” is the film he’s chasing next. Yep, he wants to direct it.

“I’ll be chasing it after [Tomorrow When The World Began] – for sure”, he says matter-of-factly. “I would love to direct it. That’s actually what I’d like to do now – direct some of these scripts that are waiting for filmmakers to do them.”

How things swiftly change in Hollywood though! Apparently a new writer has been hired – as recently as the past couple of weeks – to now write a new draft of the film. That may or may not deter Beattie from pursuing the director’s chair. Considering what he told me a few weeks back, that “The big secret in Hollywood is that nobody wants to make another person’s movie – they want to make their movie”, I’d say the former.