Jack Ryan Jr. to return
The young Jack Ryan is definitely the direction that the franchise is taking now that there's the confirmation of Chris Pine taking the role, however the good news is that the story isn't going to be going back to his teens, but it is going back to when the character was on Wall Street.
Eh? Jack Ryan the government analyst who gets caught up with these great political thrillers as an investment banker? What's worse is that when you read on into the comments from the producer it's sounding more like Dan Brown's Robert Langdon than the Jack Ryan we know from the books.
We already heard that Chris Pine was taking up the role, and now the producer Mace Neufeld has revealed the direction of the character:
"We pick him up when he's on Wall Street...[but] the Jack Ryan movies have never been action films. They're kind of 'thinking man's thrillers.' Jack is referred to as a 'water-walker' because of his ability to jump ahead to conclusions. That's very big in all the Jack Ryan films and that's how we want to portray him. He's a teacher. He's a historian. He's a linguist. And he's really smart."
Eh? A teacher, historian and linguist working on Wall Street? Let's hope that this is just the opening of the story and that he gets recruited as soon as possible, otherwise this is going to turn out to be something far removed from Jack Ryan.
There's little wonder though, the producer's comments from the Coming Soon article don't touch on this, but we already know that the story won't be based on an original Tom Clancy novel, and that's probably why we're going off in a whole new direction with the character.
I'm not convinced though. I want the old Jack Ryan back.