Published: Fri, September 21, 2018

Michael B. Jordan to Star in Paramount’s Tom Clancy Film Series

Variety reports that Paramount has tapped Michael B. Jordan to play the hero in a new series. Either way, it seems Paramount Pictures has chose to push forward with more properties derived from Tom Clancy's novels, though with the Jack Ryan character firmly established at Amazon, they've made a decision to go with John Clark, the hero of Rainbow Six, instead. Jordan is a talented, charismatic star, and Clark is a good, solid character that hasn't been done to death like Jack Ryan. The character first showed up in Clancy's novels (17 of them in total) and has already appeared in multiple Jack Ryan movies already, portrayed first by Willem Dafoe in Clear and Present Danger and later by Liev Schreiber in The Sum of All Fears.

The news of more Tom Clancy adaptations comes on the heels of a successful TV outing based on the popular author's works. And around that same time, word came out that the studio was eyeing Tom Hardy for the role of John Clark in a Without Remorse movie - one that would have also starred Kevin Costner as William Harper, a character he played in the most recent (and arguably most disappointing) Jack Ryan movie, 2013's Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.

Clark, a.k.a. John Terrence Kelly, is an ex-Navy Seal-turned-operations officer for the Central Intelligence Agency and would go on to appear in 17 novels starting with 1988's "The Cardinal of the Kremlin".

Paramount is developing two separate films featuring Clancy's Central Intelligence Agency operative John Clark portrayed by Jordan who will also co-produce both projects along with Akiva Goldsman, Josh Applebaum, and Corin Nemec.

The film's producers are Akiva Goldsman (Transformers), Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec.

Paramount reportedly landed Jordan by promising him his own film franchise rather than just an origin story, so it will be interesting to see if the studio forges ahead with Rainbow Six regardless of how Without Remorse performs.

Without Remorse fills in the backstory of how Clark came to join the Central Intelligence Agency.

Throughout most of the game series, Clark was heavily featured as Team Rainbow's director.

Without Remorse had previously been optioned by Paramount in 2006 with Brandon Routh attached to the star in the film before the project was ultimately dropped.

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