According to The Hollywood Reporter
, John Singleton has signed on to adapt and direct the Tom Clancy espionage thriller Without Remorse
for Paramount Pictures. The film
, which Paramount envisions as part of a possible franchise, marks the Hollywood return of Michael Ovitz, who will serve as producer.
Without Remorse centers on former Navy SEAL and CIA operative John Kelly, code-named Mr. Clark, who first appeared in Clear and Present Danger (played by Willem Dafoe). The novel, which was published in 1993 by Putnam, spawned a previous film version, which was in development at Savoy Pictures and was shut down during preproduction in 1995.
Singleton said he aims to make the film in line with the Phillip Noyce-helmed Clancy thrillers he is a fan of, Clear and Present Danger and Patriot Games.
I have been waiting for Hollywood to actually get it’s thumb out of it’s collective ass long enough to consider making this book into a film. Finally they seem to be serious about it and have it slated for a 2011 release date. At present it’s in the screenplay stage and there has been talk of some actors potentially to play John Clark.
Mr. Clark, for me, can really only be played by Willem DaFoe as he played him so well in “Clear And Present Danger”, but, who am I huh? One of the most horrifying things I saw on the net was that they were considering Keanu to play clark. Let me say this here and now…
NOOOOOOOOO! FUCK NOOOOOO!
I don’t want another wooden acting job by this man to kill, I mean KILL this film’s potential. PLEASE Hollywood NO! I mean first you did the whole Ben Asslick piece of improbable crap (you guys realllly mangled the book to fit this terrible screenplay for Sum Of All Fears) now you consider Keanu? Take the pipe out of the mouth.
This book really for me, was one of Clancy’s best works in my opinon. The genesis of John Clark, his taking out of the drug gangs as well as his beginnings at the CIA leading to the RAINBOW operations group… Great stuff…
I guess we shall see what happens.