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Q: Does the success of the new "Jack Ryan" TV series mean an end to the Tom Clancy movies? I was hoping for more.

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Adam Thomlison / TV Media

Fortunately for fans such as yourself, there was more to Tom Clancy's body of work than just Jack Ryan. Clancy's other super-stoic hero, John Clark, will get a film of his own later this year -- "Without Remorse," due out in October.

Ryan, the analyst who becomes a reluctant field agent who also reluctantly becomes president (in the books, though that has yet to happen on screen), is Clancy's most famous character. A lot of that is due to the various film and TV productions, in which megastars Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck, Chris Pine and now John Krasinski have played the famously humble hero.

But former Navy SEAL and CIA field agent John Clark has appeared in nearly as many books as Ryan. The characters are part of the same fictional universe, and in fact Clark was also portrayed by some big-name stars in two of the Ryan films: Willem Dafoe in "Clear and Present Danger" (1994) and Liev Schreiber in "The Sum of All Fears" (2002).

The novel "Without Remorse," published in 1993, tells Clark's origin story, before he meets Ryan, and the ordeal he goes through to become a darker sort of hero.

The news for fans gets even better, because the upcoming film is intended to launch a series of John Clark films with "Creed" (2015) star Michael B. Jordan in the lead.

The "Without Remorse" film will also feature Jamie Bell (of 2019's "Rocketman") as Robert Ritter, another recurring character in the Ryan/Clark universe.

 

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