Paramount has tapped scribes Stuart Beattie and John Enbom in separate deals to adapt Tom Clancy novels “With Remorse” and “Rainbow Six,” respectively — both centered on Clancy’s shadowy John Clark CIA agent character.
Studio has attached high priority to both projects, as Par co-prexy Tom Jacobson is overseeing with an eye to developing a franchise based on Clark.
Paramount has gone four-for-four in successfully adapting Clancy’s Jack Ryan character with “The Hunt for Red October,” “Patriot Games,” “Clear and Present Danger” and “The Sum of All Fears.” The Clark character has appeared twice, portrayed by Willem Dafoe in “Clear and Present Danger” and Liev Schreiber in “The Sum of All Fears.”
“Without Remorse” was originally optioned by Savoy Pictures and went into pre-production but fell apart when Savoy’s pic division disbanded. In 2000, Par acquired the novel, which centers on an ex-Navy SEAL who infiltrates a gang responsible for killing a woman he loved and then taking on a new name and life as John Clark.
In “Rainbow Six,” Clark joins with several colleagues to leave the CIA and create an England-based multinational org designed to battle terrorism.
Beattie has become one of the town’s most-sought screenwriters in the wake of penning DreamWorks/Paramount’s “Collateral,” starring Tom Cruise and directed by Michael Mann, and receiving story credit for “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.”
He also scripted “Escape of the Pacific Clipper” for Fox and “Derailed” for Lorenzo Di Bonaventura at Miramax and is penning “Truce” for Warner Independent.
Enbom scripted “Six Shooters,” a Civil War-era heist pic at Columbia. Studio and Col-based producer Laurence Mark purchased the project as a spec centered on the Confederacy’s gold reserves, which Jefferson Davis loads aboard trains during the siege of Richmond.
“Rainbow Six” was brought into the studio by Michael Ovitz through his Artists Management Group in 1999; scribes since attached include Michael Shiffer, Bill Wisher, Art Monterastelli and Frank Capello. Ovitz brought in “Without Remorse” a year later; writers on that project have include Ross Klaven, John Milius and Christine Roum.
A year ago, Paramount acquired rights through Ovitz to Clancy’s “Red Rabbit,” centered on Jack Ryan, and signed “Saving Private Ryan” scribe Robert Rodat to adapt.