Clancy novel gets Par treatment

Paramount has tapped Zack Snyder to write and direct its adaptation of Tom Clancy’s “Rainbow Six,” centered on Clancy’s shadowy John Clark CIA agent character.

Story centers on Clark joining with several colleagues to leave the CIA and create an England-based multinational org designed to battle terrorism. Paramount co-president Tom Jacobson is overseeing the project.

Snyder directed Universal’s remake of “Dawn of the Dead,” which grossed $59 million domestically last year.

“Rainbow Six” was brought into the studio by Michael Ovitz through his Artists Management Group in 1999. John Woo was previously attached to direct while writers have included Michael Shiffer, Bill Wisher, Art Monterastelli, Frank Capello and John Enbom. Ovitz will produce.

Par successfully adapted Clancy’s Jack Ryan character in “The Hunt for Red October,” “Patriot Games,” “Clear and Present Danger” and “The Sum of All Fears” and acquired rights in 2003 to Clancy’s “Red Rabbit,” also centered on the Ryan character.

Studio’s also developing another Clancy thriller, “Without Remorse,” based on the John Clark character, and acquired film rights last year to Clancy’s videogame “Splinter Cell,” with Peter Berg (“Friday Night Lights”) attached to direct.

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