- Cast: Chris Pine, Keira Knightley, Kevin Costner, Kenneth Branagh, Colm Feore, Gemma Chan, David Paymer, Nonso Anozie, Karen David, Lee Asquith-Coe, Hannah Taylor Gordon, Julisita Salcedo, Lee Nicholas Harris, Nichola Fynn, Eric Michels, Tom Swacha, Matt Rippy, Jim Gunter, Alec Utgoff, Teresa Mahoney, Aleksandar Aleksiev, Georg Nikoloff, Stuart Matthews, Simon DeSilva, Paul Blackwell, Parker Sawyers, Denis Khoroshko, Eddie Ruben, Seth Ayott, Morris Minelli, Benjayx Murphy, Nick Court, Lenn Kudrjawizki, Maggie Daniels, Elena Velikanova
- Director: Kenneth Branagh
- Writers: Adam Cozad, David Koepp
- Producers: David Barron, Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Mace Neufeld, Mark Vahradian
- Co Producers: Alexander Dostal, David Ready
- Executive Producers: Dana Goldberg, Tommy Harper
- Art Direction: Stuart Kearns
- Castings: Deborah Aquila, Tricia Wood
- Costume Design: Jill Taylor
- D.O.P.: Haris Zambarloukos
- Editor: Martin Walsh
- Makeup: Christopher Fulton
- Music: Patrick Doyle
- Production Design: Andrew Laws
- Set Decoration: Judy Farr
Based on the Jack Ryan character created by bestselling author Tom Clancy, the film is a contemporary action thriller set in the present day. The original story, written by David Koepp, follows a young Jack as he uncovers a financial terrorist plot.
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Filming Locations: London, UK; Montreal, Canada; Moscow Russia
- Production Budget: $80 million
- Production Companies: Di Bonaventura Pictures, Buckaroo Entertainment, Etalon film, Mace Neufeld Productions, Paramount Pictures, Skydance Productions, Translux
- Production Schedule: 31 August 2012 - December 2012
2013 Guide Analysis: "It's a shame that one franchise that gets seldom talked about by film writers is also one that remains amongst the most watchable of early 1990s cinema - the film series based on the techno-thriller novels by Tom Clancy. 1990's "The Hunt for Red October" is a bonafide classic, 1994's "Clear and Present Danger" is a smart action-packed thriller, and 1992's "Patriot Games" is an underrated dramatic procedural.
Though critics consider it one of the weakest of the four films, 2002's "The Sum of All Fears" was also one of the first real modern studio attempts at the now common idea of rebooting a franchise. In that case it ignored the previous films and reset the previously older Jack Ryan back to being a young analyst that was played by Ben Affleck. Now, Paramount has recruited Chris Pine, the star of their rebooted "Star Trek" franchise, to see if he can succeed where Affleck and 'Sum' failed.
It has taken the better part of a decade to get the film off the ground. Mashing together several scripts from different scribes, this will be the first of the films not to be based on a specific book by Tom Clancy. The story will nevertheless use elements from the series, such as the launching point of the film being the helicopter crash that nearly killed Ryan when he was a marine. It then moves to the main plot which portrays Ryan as a successful financial analyst who discovers a Russian plot to finance a terrorist attack designed to collapse the U.S. economy.
Part of the reason that this film took so long to get going was that the studio made it a priority for the film to launch a sustainable franchise rather than filling in a specific release slot. Producer Mace Neufeld has previously said they want to go back to the thinking man's thriller vibe of the earlier films, rather than take the "Star Trek" approach of giving it a big-scale action vibe. One smart choice was the hiring of "Thor" helmer Kenneth Branagh who not only directs the project, but also stars as the villain.
Another great move is the casting of Kevin Costner as a new character that will serve the function that James Earl Jones' Admiral Greer did in the previous films. Costner's character William Harper is also expected to be the equivalent of Clark Gregg's Agent Coulson in the Marvel films - should there be more films in the Clancy-verse, he would be the bridging character. The question now is if audiences will come. All four previous films were only modest earners with each garnering around $180-215 million worldwide. This 'Ryan' will have to do better than that to become the franchise the studio wants it to be."