WITHOUT REMORSE Signs JACK REACHER Director Christopher McQuarrie
Published: August 7, 2012 - 11:48am
The studio behind a handful of other, upcoming militaristic thrillers has locked in a deal for McQuarrie to direct an adaptation of famed author Tom Clancy's popular 1993 novel.
His code name is Mr. Clark. And his work for the CIA is brilliant, cold-blooded and efficient ... But who is he really? In a harrowing tour de force, Tom Clancy shows how an ordinary man named John Kelly crossed the lines of justice and morality --- to become the CIA legend, Mr. Clark. It is an unforgettable journey into the heart of darkness. Without mercy. Without guilt. Without remorse
John Kelly is coming off a soul-shaking tragedy, his pregnant wife has died in a traffic accident. Shell-shocked, Kelly finds his bearings after picking up a young female hitchhiker, a prostitute on the run from brutal employers who were using her as a drug mule. Together they help each other heal, eventually falling in love, and try to bring down the drug lords who are exploiting other girls in similar fashion. But when Kelly screws up, he ends up shot up and she ends up dead. After a detour to save a group of American POWs behind enemy lines, Kelly begins to systematically exterminate the entire gang and any pimp who ever crossed the dead woman’s path.
In 2010, Shawn Ryan (The Shield) was tapped to pen the script for Paramount's planned adaptation of Tom Clancy's popular spy thriller Without Remorse. The book tells the first story of Vietnam veteran John Kelly who is later recruited into the CIA. Taking on the last name Clark, John becomes one of the US government's most lethal weapons and the leader of the international anti-terrorism task force Rainbow Six. The role of Clark has already been brought to life twice on screen, once by Willen Dafoe in the Harrison Ford led film Clear and Present Danger and once by Liev Schreiber in the 2002 film The Sum of All Fears (pictured).
Last week it was revealed that Christopher McQuarrie, who is currently working on the Lee Child adaptation Jack Reacher starring Tom Cruise, was being looked at to direct the project. Word has now come in that a deal has been struck McQuarrie and the studio and. Paramount is also moving forward with another Clancy adaptation, titled Jack Ryan, which will star Chris Pine (Star Trek) in the title role and feature Kenneth Branagh (director of Marvel's Thor) as both it's director and villain. There no word yet whether these two films will inhabit the same cinematic universe or feature self contained story lines.