Rejuvenating an ageing franchise by rebooting it with a younger, sexier, less experienced take on the character has become a familiar sight in recent times. Yet it doesn’t always work.
A good case is the Jack Ryan franchise, a series which was known for being more a “thinking’s man thriller” with a generally older male lead. Paramount have twice tried to reboot it with a younger and more action-oriented version of the character and a storyline that shifted away from the Tom Clancy books. The Ben Affleck-led first one scored so-so notices and box-office, the more recent one though was an outright flop with critics and audiences.
In an interview with Moviefone, the recent reboot’s star Chris Pine admits “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” just did not work and he doesn’t expect to reprise the role in further films:
“No. I don’t think it made enough money for that to happen. That’s one of my deep regrets, that we didn’t totally get that right. It’s a great franchise and if it’s not me then I hope it gets a fifth life at this point. It’s just great. I love the spy genre. I hope it’s done again and with a great story.”
The trio of Jack Ryan films of the 1990s each generated around $200 million in box-office, “The Sum of All Fears” in 2002 made $193 million, but ‘Shadow Recruit’ pulled in just $135 million from a $60 million budget.