Comedy, Drama & Jack Ryan In Harrison Ford’s Future?

Published 6 years ago by , Updated August 18th, 2013 at 5:55 pm,

It’s been well documented here at Screen Rant that Paramount Pictures has been trying to get the Jack Ryan franchise up and running again. Played in the past by Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck the studio are currently in a bit of a pickle over who should fill their shoes. Ryan Gosling, James Franco and Aaron Eckhart have all been mentioned, however Harrison Ford believes that he has what it takes to play Jack Ryan once more.

Considering the ass that he kicked in Indiana Jones this past summer – you can’t disagree.

Speaking to MTV Ford said:

“I think it’s a character I could easily play at this point if people were interested in seeing what happens to Jack Ryan as his life progresses,”

Don’t get too excited though – Paramount has no apparent interest in casting Ford, although in Clancy’s books Ryan does move up the promotional ladder and become President of the United States. However, I can’t imagine much ass kicking in that role.

Hold on, didn’t Ford play an ass kicking US President in Air Force One? Maybe there is a bit of room, although that would lead to Ford playing a similar character to one he played previously.

Wait a minute – doesn’t Ford usually play a grumpy, aging professional who ends up in a dangerous position? Maybe there is a bit if leeway for that!

I digress. While Ford may have some superficial interest in the Jack Ryan role, he does have other films in development, so it’s unlikely that he would star in a film that Paramount wants to make pretty sharpish. To explain further, over to Mr Ford:

“I have a comedy that’s been developed by J.J. Abrams and a drama that I developed that talks about the pharmaceutical industry. We haven’t sorted out which is first yet.”

The Abrams film is Morning Glory where Ford would play – you guessed it a grumpy professional – this time a morning television anchorman.

The drama is Crowley – a medical drama where (and I’m just guessing here) Ford will play a brilliant but grumpy medical researcher.

I’m more interested in the comedy – if you haven’t seen Ford in Working Girl, then you’ve missed a great piece of 1980’s cinema.

Now, if Paramount own the Ryan property, and they have a good relationship with Abrams (Star Trek) and Ford (Indiana Jones, previous Ryan films) then they might be able to negotiate a deal!

We all want to see Ford back as Jack Ryan.

Come on Paramount!!! Give us what we want. Please.

Source: MTV

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  1. I don’t know why should play it if not Ford. I do think Ford is a little old, but I DO NOT want some young guy like Franco doing it. I don’t have anything against Franco, but remember what happened the last time they used a “young” looking guy… Baldwin was young looking, but that was just a great cast, good director, and great story.

    Oh well, they might as well put Christian Bale in it and be over with it. You know people will watch it then no matter what, lol.

    I don’t know, would Dennis Quaid look dumb for the role??

  2. I would be up for Harrison Ford Returning as Jack Ryan. If there is the prospect of Harrison Ford not returning as JR, I would recommend that they reboot it ina similiar fasion to that of Casino Royale. Cast someone who is younger and marketable to a younger generation unfamiliar with JR, Ryan Gosling would fit that perfectly. If you want to pick up from where HF left off, then Aaron Eckhart would be the ideal choice.

  3. My dad Loved Debt of Honor ,
    Which led to Ryans President arc
    and two more president novels Executive Decision and The Bear and the Dragon.
    But President Ryan wasnt weilding an Uzi,
    So, they would have to be substantially rewritten.

  4. I would prefer Harrison Ford play the role and hopefully people don’t automatically dismiss it because of Ford’s age. Dennis Quaid is a really good actor and would also be a solid second option.

  5. Yah, I think Quaid pulls off that loving family man type as well as the kick some ass government agent person too.

  6. Bring on Ford…he is a good Jack Ryan and I did enjoy the two movies in that series that he was a part of..

  7. Yep, he would be my first choice as well, but the studios might not feel the same way. That’s why I’m already throwing out names for who I think might be a good second choice. :-)

  8. Ooof – I love Indy. I love when he played Jack Ryan, but for the love of god – can we pretty please tap some of the B-level actors to get something different in the vein of Jack Ryan for the future?

    I get that he “plays an analyst”, and while I’m not a Ben Afflect ultra-fan, he did pull off the gooney geek shoved into a situation he wasn’t prepared for.

    We were just talking about this at work as I left today and what we all feared was “Firewall II: The Actionless Jack Ryan” and it’s not because of his age, it’s just that it’s time for someone else to be vaulted/step up.

  9. Harrison Ford is a big mess… 😎

  10. I definitly think Ford should have a role in the next Ryan film, but I’d be interested to see him in a comedy.