Is George Clooney The New Jack Ryan?

With George Clooney having moved his production company over to Sony Pictures, word now comes via The Daily Beast that the actor is trying to boost his box-office cred after recent flops such as “The Good German” and “Leatherheads”.

To that affect, Kim Masters says he’s expressed interest in playing Jack Ryan when and if Paramount attempts to revive the series based on Tom Clancy’s novels.

The site also says “Clooney seems to recognize that at this time in the world and this time in his life (he’s pushing 50), it’s time for some commercial maintenance.”

Paramount had a successful critical and commercial run in the early 1990’s with Alec Baldwin as the character in “The Hunt for Red October” and Harrison Ford as Ryan in both “Patriot Games” and “Clear and Present Danger”.

After some delays, the studio tried a ‘reboot’ of the franchise with “The Sum of All Fears” casting Ben Affleck as a younger incarnation of the character. Reviews weren’t keen on Affleck though generally liked the film otherwise and it still proved modestly profitable.

Since then the franchise has been on hold with many wondering what direction any future installments would take – mainly would the character be older or younger, and will they use another novel in Clancy’s series or use their own adventure. While the films were never huge moneymakers, they consistently pulled in profits for the studio.

Ryan Gosling’s name was linked last year to the role, while former star Harrison Ford has expressed interest in returning.