With the popularity of the previous Jack Ryan films, you would have thought making another movie featuring author Tom Clancy’s famous protagonist would have been easy. But according to producer Mace Neufeld, he’s “been trying to restart it for nine years.” He explained that “with executive changes and having really run out of books that we could do, we finally—what triggered it was getting a green light with Kenneth (Branagh).”
During a group interview on the set of Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit when the production was filming in London, Neufeld and producer David Barron talked about working with Branagh, the various drafts of the screenplay, why they chose Chris Pine, how they got involved with the property, how Steve Zailian spent a year writing a Jack Ryan movie for Harrison Ford but they couldn’t get it to work, and so much more. If you’re interested in the behind-the-scenes of how a movie gets made, it’s a great read. Hit the jump to check it out.