One of the world's best-known authors, Tom Clancy penned a vast array of densely plotted, action-driven military and spy thrillers over the course of a two-decade career that included such titles as &...
Ben Affleck is going to be the third actor to play CIA analyst Jack Ryan in a movie, replacing Harrison Ford in Paramount's production of Tom Clancy's bestseller "The Sum of All Fears," Daily Variety reports. The role of Ryan was originally played by Alec Baldwin ("The Hunt for Red October"). Ford opted out of the latest sequel after taking on the Ryan role in "Patriot Games."
SORVINO IN 'LOVE': Mira Sorvino is in final negotiations to star in "The Triumph of Love," an indie pic to be produced by director Bernardo Bertolucci. Sorvino will portray a princess who takes on feminine and masculine identities, discovering she has a power for seduction.
SOME THINGS ARE BETTER LEFT UNSEEN: Joan Collins won't be disrobing as Mrs. Robinson in the London production of "The Graduate," according to Liz Smith in her daily column. (Kathleen Turner let it all hang out for the role, as will Jerry Hall, Turner's replacement.) Collins, 67, who was offered the role when Hall leaves, thinks it is "unseemly" to undress on the stage.
FILM HAS A NAME! Director/writer Cameron Crowe, whose last film was 1996’s "Jerry Maguire," has settled on a name for his latest effort: "Almost Famous." According to USA Today, the DreamWorks flick slated for a Sept. 15 release is an autobiographical coming-of-age tale set in the '70s based on Crowe's experiences as a teenage music reporter for Rolling Stone.
Maybe it was that live broadcast of "E.R." Or perhaps the save-the-world-from-nuclear-holocaust heroics in "The Peacemaker."
Whichever, big-screen George Clooney is set to produce a live small-screen staging of the Cold War drama "Fail Safe" on CBS on April 9. Based on the 1962 novel (released at the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis), the story focuses on a man's Tom Clancy-style struggle to save the world from total annihilation. (Henry Fonda starred in the 1964 theatrical version.)
Clooney's production will emanate from two soundstages on the Warner Bros. Studios lot in Burbank, Calif. It'll be broadcast in black-and-white -- the better to capture the mood of (yea!) bleak paranoia.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Stephen Frears ("Dangerous Liaisons") is close to inking a deal to direct the play. Clooney's "E.R." cohort Noah Wyle is said to be up for a key supporting role.
BURT THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: Burt Reynolds is set to direct a low-budget remake of the 1945 Boris Karloff vampire flick "Isle of the Dead," today's Hollywood Reporter says.
The movie is the first of three RKO Radio Pictures titles scheduled to be remade for $10 million each. No word if producers will take a crack at the ultimate RKO title, "King Kong."
The original "Isle of the Dead" was one of several films Karloff made for producer Val Lewton in the 1940s. Directed by the late Mark Robson ("Valley of the Dolls"), the flick was the creepy tale of a bunch of quarantined folks on a Greek island -- one of whom is a suspected vampire.
FIRST THE EAGLES, NOW 'THE COMMITMENTS': The rag-tag Irish soul band of Alan Parker's 1991 film "The Commitments" is getting back together -- maybe.
Miramax Films has hired playwright Warren Leight (late of the Broadway hit "Side Man") to write the script for a sequel, The Associated Press says. Cathy Konrad ("Scream") will produce.
While the original film was produced by Beacon Communications, Miramax snapped up the sequel rights. No word if any of the film's original cast will be on board. Andrew Strong, who played the group's lead singer, went on to record several albums, while other members of the fictitious group formed a real-life band called The Committed.
Joined investor group that purchased the Baltimore Orioles
Clear and Present Danger is released
Co-founded Red Storm Entertainment, which scored a hit with "Rainbow Six"
Feature film version of "Hunt for Red October" released
French video game manufacturer Ubisoft purchased the rights to Clancy's name for games and related media
Ended bid to purchase the Minnesota Vikings
First novel published, The Hunt for Red October
Penned last novel released during his lifetime, Threat Vector, with Mark Greaney
One of the world's best-known authors, Tom Clancy penned a vast array of densely plotted, action-driven military and spy thrillers over the course of a two-decade career that included such titles as <i>The Hunt for Red October</i> (1984), <i>Patriot Games</i> (1987) and <i>The Sum of All Fears</i> (1991). Clancy's novels, which frequently followed the adventures of CIA analyst - and future President - Jack Ryan, were praised by readers and military personnel alike for their extensive understanding of covert technology and affairs, which led to 10 of his books reaching the top of the <i>New York Times</i> best seller list and Clancy becoming a cottage industry unto himself, with video games like the popular <i>Rainbow Six</i> series and countless tie-in novels to his name. Clancy's work was also frequently adapted into feature films, including 1990's "The Hunt for Red October" and "The Sum of All Fears" (2002). At the time of his unexpected death in 2013, Clancy remained at the top of the publishing industry, with a net worth of some $300 million, and a dedicated readership.<p>Born Thomas Leo Clancy, Jr. on April 12, 1947 in Baltimore, Maryland, Tom Clancy developed an interest in military history at an early age, poring over journals and engineering texts intended for adult naval officers and personnel. This naturally evolved into a desire to serve in the armed forces, but after joining the R.O.T.C. while attending Loyola University, he was declared unfit due to his nearsightedness. Clancy graduated in 1969 with a degree in English and worked for a time at an insurance agency founded by his grandfather. In 1984, he sold his first novel, <i>The Hunt for Red October</i>, to the Naval Institute Press for $5,000. At the time, the publisher had never released a fictional work, but was intrigued by Clancy's level of technical knowledge. <i>October</i> soon attracted a national audience thanks in part to praise by military officials - some of whom expressed concern over the author's understanding of clandestine matters - and then-President Ronald Reagan, who declared it "(his) kind of yarn." The Commander in Chief's laurel helped to boost the novel to the top of the <i>New York Times</i>' best seller list, a feat he would repeat 10 additional times during his lifetime. </p><p><i>The Hunt for Red October</i>, about a Soviet naval captain's defection, introduced readers to Clancy's most enduring hero, CIA analyst Jack Ryan, who would serve as the protagonist for most of his subsequent thrillers. After writing 1986's <i>Red Storm Rising</i> with Larry Bond, he would publish the second Ryan novel, a prequel to <i>October</i> called <i>Patriot Games</i> (1987) which found the heroic agent in the crosshairs of an Irish terrorist after saving the Prince and Princess of Wales from an assassination attempt. Ryan would then return in <i>The Cardinal of the Kremlin</i> (1988), <i>Clear and Present Danger</i> (1989) and the doomsday scenario thriller <i>The Sum of All Fears</i> (1991). He would then revisit Ryan's past in <i>Without Remorse</i> (1993), which pitted Clancy's other recurring hero, ex-SEAL John Clark, against Baltimore drug dealers and the North Vietnamese. The following year brought readers back to Ryan's present with <i>Debt of Honor</i> (1994), which found the agent, who had been promoted to National Security Advisor, assume the Presidency after a deranged airline pilot crashed a jetliner into the U.S. Capitol, wiping out most of the Cabinet. The novel would be revisited under grim circumstances less than a decade later due to the similarities between the events of September 11, 2001 and its plotline. </p><p>Each of these novels reached the No. 1 spot on the <i>New York Times</i> best seller list, which helped to make Clancy one of the most popular authors of the late 20th century. A series of savvy publishing deals, including a 1997 agreement with Penguin Putnam that paid over $50 million for his next six books, also made him one of the wealthiest writers in the world, and allowed him to join a group of investors which purchased the Baltimore Orioles baseball team in 1993. His books had also enjoyed successful adaptations to feature films, beginning in 1990 with "The Hunt for Red October," with Alec Baldwin as Jack Ryan. Harrison Ford would assume the role for "Clear and Present Danger" in 1994 before Ben Affleck took over as Ryan for 2002's "The Sum of All Fears." Clancy soon took advantage of his position within the publishing and entertainment industry by establishing himself as a brand name that could be applied to a variety of media. In 1997, he launched Red Storm Entertainment, a video game manufacturer that scored a massive hit among gamers with the tactical first-person-shooter series "Rainbow Six" in 1998. He also created two popular series of paperback espionage thrillers: <i>Op-Center</i>, written by Jeff Rovin, which launched in 1995, and <i>Net Force</i>, which began in 1999 and was written by Steve Perry. In 1998, Clancy would release <i>Rainbow Six</i>, an action novel featuring John Clark and Ryan and designed to tie in with the video game of the same name. </p><p>Clancy's fortunes took a downward turn in 1999 when he was required to pay a large undisclosed sum to his first wife, Wanda, whom he married while a student at Loyola in 1969. The settlement forced him to abandon his 1998 plan to purchase the Minnesota Vikings football team, but Clancy soon rebounded, returning to the best seller list with a new Jack Ryan novel, <i>The Bear and the Dragon</i>, in 2000. Seven more novels would follow between 2002 and 2013, during which Ryan's son, Jack Ryan, Jr., would assume the role of protagonist. Clancy's fortunes also resumed their previous high levels, with the author reaching No. 10 on <i> Forbes</i> magazine's list of top earning celebrities in that year. In 2010, he began working with co-authors on his novels, beginning with <i>Dead or Alive</i> that same year. In 2013, Clancy was hospitalized at the Johns Hopkins Hospital following a brief illness. His health worsened, resulting in Clancy's death on October 1, 2013. At the time of his passing, he was working on a new novel, <i>Command Authority</i>, which was slated for release in December of that year. </p>
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Worked at his grandfather's insurance company prior to selling his first novel.
A staunch conservative throughout his life, Clancy blamed the September 11, 2001 attacks on liberal politicians who had weakened the Central Intelligence Agency.
In later years, he allied with General Anthony Zinni, an acknowledged critic of President George W. Bush and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.
One of only three authors to sell two million copies of a book in its first printing, the others being John Grisham and J.K. Rowling.
Receieved the Alfred Thayer Mahan Award for Literary Achievement from the Navy League of the United States.