Paramount Courting Tom Hardy for Jack Ryan Spinoff WITHOUT REMORSE; Kevin Costner Accepts Offer to Play CIA Liason in Both Movies

     August 20, 2012


Paramount has been trying to reboot the Jack Ryan franchise for years now.  The studio is finally beginning to make real progress—not only on the Jack Ryan movie starring Chris Pine, but also on the spinoff Without Remorse.  The key was locking up Kenneth Branagh to direct and play the villain in the former.  Kevin Costner has now accepted the offer to star in both films as the CIA liason for Jack Ryan and Without Remorse lead character John ClarkChristopher McQuarrie (Valkyrie) is in talks to write and direct Without Remorse, but it’s this next bit of news that will excite the legions of This Means War fans out there: Deadline reports that Paramount is courting Tom Hardy to play John Clark.  More after the jump.

without_remorse_tom_clancy_book_coverThis Means War digs aside, Paramount would be wise and lucky to anchor its spy franchise with Pine and Hardy, two of the handsomest young charmers in Hollywood.  The report does not address Hardy’s interest level, so we’ll have to check back to see if the actor wants the part as much as I want him to take it.

Deadline describes Costner’s character as “William Harper, a true blue American idealist who recruits and mentors both Ryan and John Kelly, the latter of whom becomes the CIA operative Clark by the end of Without Remorse.”  The deal reportedly includes an option for Costner to headline his own film in addition to his supporting role in the Jack Ryan movie and Without Remorse.

Essentially, if audiences are ready to invite Jack Ryan back into their lives, Paramount is ready to capitalize on the demand.  I hope you too see the appeal in an Avengers-style franchise targeted toward adults.

The synopsis for Tom Clancy‘s Without Remorse sheds some light on the relationship between Jack Ryan and John Clark.

Avid readers of Clancy’s bestselling techno-thrillers (The Hunt for Red October et al.) know agent John Kelly, code-named Mr. Clark, as Jack Ryan’s “dark side.” Here, in 1970, Vietnam vet Kelly gets involved in a secret operation to rescue 20 American pilots from a North Vietnamese prison camp. Betrayed by someone in Washington, the mission ends in apparent failure. Clancy balances the military movements with a dark narrative of Kelly’s tragic personal life. While mourning the death of his pregnant wife in a traffic accident, Kelly picks up a young hitchhiker named Pam, a prostitute and drug “mule” fleeing her cruel masters. The pair fall in love and set out to bring down the drug lords, but an error on Kelly’s part leads to Pam’s horrible demise at the hands of the vengeful criminals. After his own recovery from a shotgun blast, Kelly begins methodically to murder his way through the drug ring. [Amazon]

 kevin_costner Without Remorse

  • ben

    Make this happen.

  • RocknRollerER

    Hardy would make a good successor to Willem Dafoe and Liev Schreiber as the character.

  • wawa

    Tom Hardy looks a bit like Kevin Costner…these 2 can play father and son

    • john kelly-clark

      I think Tom Hardy is a young John Clark… Read the books and all will be clear… – My name… it’s too obvious right?

      • john clark

        Would have been more plausible if Shadow Recruit was Jack Ryan JR… Not Senior….

    • john kelly-clark

      I think Tom Hardy is a young John Clark… Read the books and all will be clear… – My name… it’s too obvious right?

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  • Derek

    “Legion of This Means War fans”….funny.

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  • Ben

    “Legion of This Means War fans”
    Really? that sh*t has any fans? I can’t believe!
    Colider is very funny!

  • Scott

    Kevin Costner as John Kelly? Are you kidding me?? Have these people even read the book? The actor to play John Kelly needs to be the kind of physical presense that would intimidate you just by standing too close to you with a scowl on his face. (you know, like Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson, or someone like that) The character survives a point-blank shotgun blast and comes back to kill the bad guys, often with his bare hands. Hand-to-hand combat, weapons specialist, Navy Seals and all that.
    Kevin Costner? Really?

    • Anonymous

      Read the article and you will find that Kevin Costner is not up for the part of John Clark.

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  • Wesley

    If you actually read these books, the operations men like Clark and Chavez are not outwardly intimidating. They are stated to only be intimidating to those who recognize the look in their eyes. I really liked Liev’s part as Clark, but I think Hardy will do well too. Bring on the movie!

    • Daru Titor

      Yeah, they’re not muscly like Conan the Barbarian….
      or Hercules.

  • Daru Titor

    Oh, I’d love to see this movie made.
    I like John Kelly.

    • Rob

      can anyone confirm this? The new movie is Shadow Recruit and comes on next week… Is without Remorse is to follow? I hope this is true.. John Kelly is a bad ass… Costner isn’t and way too old to play Kelly..

  • Curtis L

    WHY WHY WHY?? Without Remorse has the potential to be the best movie ever based on a Tom Clancy book. And in stead of following with his vision, they immediately raped his corpse upon his death and started a “reboot” that throws out all of the things that made Tom’s books so great. “Shadow Recruit” ? The reason the previous films didn’t garner much love when it came to a sequel was that they didn’t follow closely enough with the real stories. They were hack ‘n slash versions of the Clancy novels and did not make much for opportunity to follow a constant franchise. In that way ALL of the movies were reboots, except for maybe Clear and Present Danger.

    and now Jack Ryan is supposed to be the new Jason Bourne. Honestly I think Chris Pine would make a terrific Jack Ryan Jr. .. But not Jack Ryan Sr. I’m sad. There will probably never be a really great authentic Tom Clancy movie made ever again. :(