"The Usual Suspects" scribe Christopher McQuarrie is near a deal to pen and potentially direct the film adaptation of Tom Clancy's 1993 novel "Without Remorse" for Paramount Pictures says Deadline.
The 1971-set book has John Kelly, a former Navy SEAL returned from Vietnam, taking charge in two operations - an official military rescue of POWs, and a personal vendetta against the drug runners who raped, tortured and killed the first woman he became involved with since his wife's death.
The book is a prequel to events in Clancy's other books as Kelly would later become John Clark, the dark supporting character that would feature in several Jack Ryan novels and films. Willem Dafoe played him in "Clear and Present Danger" while Liev Schrieber took on the role in "The Sum of All Fears".
The studio has made several attempts to adapt the property but the bleak and violent storyline has proven difficult to adapt. "The Shield" creator Shawn Ryan has been the most recent scribe working on the project.
McQuarrie adapted and directed Paramount and Skydance Productions' upcoming Christmas tentpole action flick "Jack Reacher", based on Lee Child's novel "One Shot". Skydance will also produce 'Remorse' which could crossover with characters from Paramount's upcoming Jack Ryan franchise reboot.