Christopher McQuarrie Will Write, Possibly Direct Jack Ryan Spin-Off

The director of Reacher has been tapped for Without Remorse, a film about Jack Ryan's badass buddy, John Clark.

William Bibbianiby William Bibbiani


Paramount must be getting a little impatient with their on again, off again Jack Ryan reboot, because they've just hired Christopher McQuarrie to rewrite and possibly direct a spin-off to the popular franchise before Kenneth Branagh's movie even goes into production. Deadline reports that McQuarrie is Paramount's go-to guy to adapt Without Remorse, a 1993 Tom Clancy novel about Jack Ryan's own go-to guy, John Clark. The character was previously played by Willem Dafoe in 1994's Clear and Present Danger, and by Liev Schreiber in 2002's The Sum of All Fears.

The novel follows John Clark, born John Kelly, before he became a CIA special operative. The story follows Kelly as he exacts revenge on a drug ring for the rape and murder of his ex-prostitute girlfriend, but also details his early missions for the CIA, including the raid of a POW camp. The book was previously being adapted by Shawn Ryan, the creator of such TV dramas as "The Shield" and "Chicago Code," but was reportedly a difficult adaptation due to the inherently dark subject matter.

Christopher McQuarrie is no stranger to dark storylines, having won an Oscar for his original screenplay to The Usual Suspects. Since then he's worked on screenplays for Valkyrie and the upcoming superhero movie The Wolverine. He also directed the seriously underrated crime drama The Way of the Gun, which ends with one of the best shootouts ever filmed. His second directorial effort, Jack Reacher (formerly One Shot), stars Tom Cruise as the popular character from Lee Child's novel series, and is currently due in theaters on December. Jack Reacher is also being produced by Paramount, who clearly have a lot of faith in McQuarrie's abilities to bring a popular novel series to the big screen.

CraveOnline will be back with more Without Remorse news after we get our executive orders.

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