The creator of The Shield Shawn Ryan has signed on to adapt Tom Clancy's 1993 best-selling novel Without Remorse for Paramount Pictures. To make things more appealing Star Trek writer and producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci will produce the film.
This is a great team of talent coming together for a film, and Tom Clancy fans should be happy. The Shield was one hell of an incredible series, and he is also the executive producer of a new TV series for F/X called Terriers, about an ex-cop and a former criminal who go into business together as private investigators.
Without Remorse follows one of Clancy's recurring characters, John Kelly (who later assumes the alias of John Clark, and appears in the Jack Ryan novels like Patriot Games and Rainbow Six), as he seeks revenge against the Baltimore drug ring responsible for the death of his girlfriend. While the book is set in the 1970s during the Vietnam War.
This sounds like it could make for a solidly good film. I've always enjoyed films that have been adapted from Clancy's work. Paramount Pictures has had this film property sitting around for a few years, but since they lost their Marvel titles to Disney, they are looking to fill in the empty space.
What are your thoughts on Ryan adapting this book for the big screen?
Here's a description of the book:
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. Clancy attempts to rationalize this amoral crusade with passages of introspection by characters who are either noble warriors or human scum, but the technique doesn't wash. Although full of failings of style and moral judgment, this overlong, often melodramatic novel seems destined to follow its predecessors to the top of the bestseller lists.