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Tom Clancy's 'Without Remorse' goes into high gear

Has Maryland's biggest best-seller writer, Tom Clancy, become Paramount's answer to Marvel Comics?

The website Vulture thinks so. It's reporting that Shawn Ryan, the man behind the tough cop show "The Shield," is adapting Clancy's "Without Remorse" for Paramount -- presumably while "Lost" director-executive producer Jack Bender continues to work on revamping the Clancy-based Jack Ryan franchise for the studio.

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The idea is that with Paramount selling distribution rights to Marvel's "The Avengers" and "Iron Man 3," the studio fears a franchise vacuum. And Clancy's books and characters could fill it.

A faithful movie version of "Without Remorse" might bring Charm City's movie-production scene back to life. It's about a former Navy SEAL who (among other things) takes on Baltimore's drug lords.

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And a new Jack Ryan series could exploit the space left for adult espionage films by the interruption of Universal's "Bourne" series.

But who could play Jack Ryan today? Clive Owen with an American accent? (That's Harrison Ford as Ryan, above, in a scene from "Clear and Present Danger.")


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