Anyone out there hoping for more Jack Ryan is out of luck, at least with Chris Pine in the title role. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, the latest of many attempts to bring Tom Clancy‘s beloved spy to the big screen, opened back in January to tepid reviews and box office. Kenneth Brangagh‘s spy thriller faced the lowest-grossing opening weekend of all the Jack Ryan adaptations, and earned only $50 million domestically during its theatrical run, falling short of recouping even its modest $60 million production budget. With that in mind, it should come as no surprise that the studio isn’t exactly eager to move forward with future installments. Hit the jump to see what Pine had to say about the future of the franchise.
While Speaking with Moviephone about his new musical Into the Woods, Pine discussed the possibility of a Jack Ryan sequel:
No. I don’t think it made enough money for that to happen. That’s one of my deep regrets, that we didn’t totally get that right. It’s a great franchise and if it’s not me then I hope it gets a fifth life at this point. It’s just great. I love the spy genre. I hope it’s done again and with a great story.
While Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit was a critical and commercial disappointment, Pine has had an excellent year for demonstrating his range with Horrible Bosses 2, Into the Woods and the under-seen Stretch, in which he steals the show an absolutely balls-to-the-wall deranged millionaire. So while he may regret not nailing down the Jack Ryan franchise, things are looking good as he moves into 2015.
As for the future of the Jack Ryan character, there’s little doubt Pine will get his wish and see the franchise rebooted at some point. Hollywood clearly loves the character (Shadow Recruit was the fifth Jack Ryan film to date), and all the previous installments, which include The Sum of All Fears, Patriot Games, and The Hunt for Red October, were commercial successes. Give it a few years and we’re sure to see a new Jack Ryan film in the pipeline.