'Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit' in Spotlight After Tom Clancy's Death

Friday, 04 Oct 2013 01:42 PM

By Clyde Hughes

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The death of author Tom Clancy has brought new attention to the upcoming film "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit," based on characters from his popular military and espionage books which turned into other profitable movies.

Clancy, who created thrillers like "The Hunt for Red October," "Patriot Games," and "Clear and Present Danger," all turning into Hollywood hits, died Tuesday at 66.

The trailer for "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit" based on the main character of those books, CIA analyst Jack Ryan, played by "Star Trek's" Chris Pine, debuted on Yahoo Thursday (below). Pine takes on the role that has been played before by Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck.

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The movie is the first that is not taken from a Clancy novel but separately built around the characters he created. Ryan story, for example, has been modernized, taking him out of the Cold War and "War of Drugs" era of the 1980s and dropped in time of post 9-11.

Despite that, the clip shows that the Russians are still play the role of the bad guys, at least in the trailer. Keira Knightley plays role of Ryan's wife Cathy, played in the first three films by Anne Archer. Kevin Costner appears as Ryan's mentor William Harper.

The trailer hinted that Cathy may have a different role than just supporting wife in the movie, with a voice saying, "Sometimes the ones closest to us are the ones we should trust the least," while showing Ryan and Cathy sitting a restaurant table together.

The movie is scheduled to premiere Christmas Day but could be delayed to Jan. 17 if Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street" is pushed back from its Nov. 15 date by Paramount, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Tom Clancy sold his first book in 1984 and by 1997 he had amassed more than $100 million in book deals, including 24 paperbacks tied in with ABC's miniseries "Tom Clancy's NetForce," according to Businessweek.

His four movies, including Affleck's "The Sum of All Fears," have grossed $446.5 million, according to BoxOfficeMojo, but it has been 11 years since a movie has been made of a Clancy book or character.

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