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[Movies] New Interviews With The Crew Of Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
Posted by Joseph Lee on 01.06.2014

Coming Soon has posted a London set report from Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit which features quotes from the director and producers about the new film based on the Tom Clancy character. Here are highlights:

Producer Mace Neufeld on why they are rebooting Jack Ryan: "Why not? I've been trying to restart it for 9 years. With executive changes and having really run out of books that we could do, what triggered it was getting a green light with Kenneth. Kenneth came in, I had only talked to him years ago when I called him about directing a film, after he'd done that thriller 'Dead Again.' We had lunch, and he had read the script and liked it, had some suggestions, but more than that, he had gone beyond the call of duty and read every Tom Clancy book, and that's a lot of pages. He'd seen all the movies, and was totally prepared and very enthusiastic. The idea of shooting it in London came from Kenneth and David (Barron). Because we had been planning on either Montreal or Toronto, with some plate units in New York and plate units in Moscow. And when the idea of London came up, we immediately said, 'Oh my God, it's so expensive just to take a taxi cab or even have a lunch here.' But then David and Kenneth came to Paramount, and they had done a location survey, and a beautiful screen presentation, and a book showing these wonderful Moscow locations all in London."

Director Kenneth Branagh on how Jack Ryan is different from James Bond or Ethan Hunt: "I liked Bond and I liked Bourne and I liked 'Mission: Impossible' and this is distinct from all those because he's not a paid assassin. He's not a man coming up from program. We don't have the flamboyance of say Bond and we don't have the extremity of something like 'Mission: Impossible' as far as the technology and things that go on. In a weird way, even though Jack Ryan is the brightest and the best, he's sort of an analyst with the great skillful, intellectual mind. He's also in relative terms, he's kind of an everyman. He doesn't have the range of skills that Liam Neeson and I have--a very particular set of talents--but he's got his brain and he's got a desire to do something, to serve in some way and so all of that. It's rich stuff."

Producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura on William Harper, Jack Ryan's mentor:"He's not that traditional character of mentor. He's a guy of action, too, a field agent and a little more senior. We've seen a lot of movies with the older mentor and the younger agent, and this movie doesn't do that. He's in the field with Jack. When things go wrong, he gets thrust into the middle. It creates a different relationship between the two men. It's also the movie where they are meeting. It's first movie where they get a sense that they are working together, and there's a relationship tied to, 'What are we going to do here?'"


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