Does James Franco Know Jack (Ryan)?

Published 6 years ago by , Updated September 12th, 2013 at 10:31 pm,

Rumor of the week. Nope, nothing to do with Bruce Willis or his family.

Word on the street (well, CHUD) is that Sam Raimi would like his Spider-Man star James Franco to play Jack Ryan in the film that he is shepherding through the stormy waters of production.

What’s that I heard you scream at your monitor? That’s a terrible idea! I agree with you.

So does Paramount Pictures. Allegedly.

Paramount wants to reboot the series (based on the novels by Tom Clancy) with a younger actor playing the CIA analyst in the spy thriller franchise. Hold on, didn’t they already do that with Ben Affleck back in 2002? Yes they did. However, they want to do it again. Their first choice was Ryan Gosling (rumor, again had it), but now Raimi would like to work with Franco once more.

I guess three movies just wasn’t enough.

Although Franco is on Raimi’s wish list, Paramount doesn’t think that the Pineapple Express star is a big enough name. I guess a $23 million opening really doesn’t mean Jack anymore.

According to CHUD‘s source, Raimi is willing to walk away from the project if he doesn’t get his way. If those are his creative decisions then that might not be such a bad idea. What the hell was wrong with Affleck anyway? The Bourne Identity (which came out the same summer as The Sum of All Fears) only grossed three million more – and they made another two films in that series.

I think what this story highlights (regardless of whether it’s true or not) is that there are NO young leading men out there. I don’t mean actors – I mean stars. I believe that we may have seen the end of the movie star.

I worry that all we are going to get from this point onwards is a series of flavors of the month stuck in movies. How many times in the past few years have we heard the phrases “the next big thing” or “the next (insert older actors name here)? What has become of these people? Not a great deal.

Agree or disagree let us know.

Source: CHUD

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  1. I’ll pass on Franco.

    Gosling I’d give a shot however.

    Maybe Raimi can have him fight every bad guy and terrorist group ever, at the same time. Kinda like Spidey 3. Man, did I hate Spidey 3…not as bad as X3 though…wow do I hate Fox.

    It’s a pretty hateful day today.

  2. I had enough of Spider-Man when they decided to make a Emo Parker.
    I do kinda like Franco, although Gosling would be better I think.

  3. In the novels ,Ryan has a grown son
    who is a covert agent fighting against terrorists .
    You could anchor the films with either Ford or Baldwin and have a younger actor co starring as the son.
    Just another way to go.

  4. Interesting point on young stars. It is tough to think of one with real presence and charisma, but then the studios do seem to like picking up hollow pretty boys off the production line.
    So often now see someone from some young hit tv show getting into the lineup, whether they are right for it or not.

  5. Franco?No!

    They should stick with Ben Affleck.He’s not Harrison Ford,but I thought he was good in Sum Of All Fears.

  6. I think everyone is missing the point of this movie. Jack Ryan is not a young sexy guy. He is suppose to be older, wiser. He acts out of self preservation, protecting his family, and an old obligation to serve his country. Baldwin was great because he was suppose to be new to the CIA thing. Ford was great because he was a bit older but could still get up and throw down. Affleck (who I love) was wrong for the roll because he was acting like a newbie again. The roll calls for an older, wiser person, less shoot em up and more insiteful planning

  7. James Franco, YES!! Jack Ryan has never looked so good.

  8. Wait, are they still romancing the idea of a younger hipper Jack Ryan (just the thought of Sum of All Fears makes me cringe)?? Come on, there’s a reason why Harrison Ford is considered the best portrayal of Jack Ryan, it’s because he fits the demographic. Get with it you dumb movie producers!

    They should make a true sequel and bring the team back together. That means Phillip Noyce, Harrison Ford, Willem Dafoe, and Anne Archer. Won’t that be something… Or better yet, make a prequel so they can bring James Earl Jones back to life as well!