Jack Ryan: Shadow One

Jack Ryan: Shadow One Information

Jack Ryan: Shadow One is an upcoming American action-thriller directed by Kenneth Branagh, based on the character of Jack Ryan created by Tom Clancy. The film stars Chris Pine in the title role, becoming the fourth actor to assume the role of Jack Ryan, following Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck. The film is scheduled for release on December 25, 2013.




After the financial success of 2002's The Sum of All Fears, efforts were made to continue the series but nothing came to fruition. In 2008, director Sam Raimi became attached to spearhead a franchise revival of Jack Ryan film series, but was later forced to drop out due to his commitment to the Spider-Man film series.

In October 2009, it was announced that Paramount Pictures and co-financier Skydance Productions were negotiating with actor Chris Pine to portray Jack Ryan in a reboot of the original film franchise based on novels by Tom Clancy. At the time, producers Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mace Neufeld were working with an original concept drafted by Hossein Amini. In August 2010, it was announced that director Jack Bender was the frontrunner to helm the reboot film based on a script tentatively titled Moscow by Adam Cozad. The following month, writer Anthony Peckham was brought on to preform rewrites, while Steve Zaillian, who scripted the 1994 Jack Ryan film Clear and Present Danger, was later brought on to perform rewrites as well. However, Zillian withdrew after a few weeks and the film was put on hold by Paramount in order for Pine to reprise his role as James T. Kirk in Star Trek Into Darkness. During this time, David Koepp was brought on to rewrite the script, with shooting aimed to begin in the second half of 2012.

The film reached an additional setback in March 2012 when Bender dropped out due to scheduling conflicts. Paramount and Skydance Pictures quickly moved ahead and hired Kenneth Branagh to replace Bender in order to start production after Pine wrapped Into Darkness around September 2012. "This script arrived and was un-put-down-able and I knew the previous films, I'd read some of the books and, simple as that, it came out of the blue," said Branagh. "I was going to be making another movie, but it went away and this one came to me and I read it and responded very strongly and it's the kind of the film that I go to see."


Pre-production for Jack Ryan: Shadow One took place at the production offices of August Street Films Limited, based out of Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire. Months after signing on as director, Kenneth Branagh also made a deal with the studio to star as the film's villain.

In early August 2012, Keira Knightley, Felicity Jones, and Evangeline Lilly were cited as being considered for the female lead while Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel were approached but declined. A few days after this news was made, The Hollywood Reporter announced that Knightley won the role. That same month, Kevin Costner signed on to play William Harper in a two picture deal that will also see him play the character in film adaptation of Clancy's Without Remorse.


While images from the film's production in Manhattan surfaced in late August 2012, Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions did not officially announce the start of principal photography on Jack Ryan: Shadow One until September 18, 2012. At this time, filming was taking place at Liverpool City Centre, which was doubling as Moscow, having completed filming in New York City earlier in the month.

In August 2013, reshoots were done in New York City.


The musical score to Jack Ryan: Shadow One will be composed by Patrick Doyle, who has collaborated on many of Kenneth Branagh's directorial efforts. "In Jack Ryan, [Kenneth] wanted a piece of music for this scene and I had the theme the following day for it," said Doyle on his relationship with Branagh. "I actually wrote the main theme of the movie, just sitting there watching it. This is the expectation of a person you're very close to. There's no pressure in that you're so relaxed, especially someone like Kenneth. He brings out the best in you because he creates such a casual, relaxed, but hard-working environment at the same time."


In August 2013, Paramount began rolling out a trailer for the film to test audiences bearing the title Jack Ryan: Shadow One. The film is scheduled to be released on December 25, 2013.

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