(FROM VARIETY) ? Director Sam Raimi (Spider-Man) is in talks with Paramount Pictures for a revival of the Jack Ryan franchise. Ryan is the brainy CIA analyst turned action hero character created by novelist Tom Clancy that went on to launch four hit movies for the studio. The character was first portrayed by Alec Baldwin in 1990’s The Hunt for Red October and then by Harrison Ford in 1992’s Patriot Games and 1994’s Clear and Present Danger. Ben Affleck last played Ryan in 2002’s The Sum of All Fears. Those four movies grossed $781.5 million worldwide. Raimi is in talks to develop and direct a new series of films featuring a younger Ryan still building his career. Clancy is working on a new Ryan book, but it is unknown whether Paramount will use it or come up with an original story for the first movie, which the studio reportedly wants to release in the summer of 2010. Raimi is currently finishing work on the Universal horror film Drag Me to Hell. (Variety)
Posted March 19 2008 — 12:00 AM EDT
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