In the novel, Patriot Games was a prequel to The Hunt for Red October, However, the chronology of the movies was altered for The Sum of All Fears. While the novel takes place after Clear and Present Danger, the film takes place earlier in Ryan's career.
The The Sum of All Fears was not part of the Alec Baldwin/Harrison Ford trilogy, but rather an intended reboot of the franchise. The discrepancy can be seen in the fact that he met John Clark for the first time in Clear and Present Danger and the Clark character was significantly different; Ryan is also married in the first three films.
It was reported on January 21, 2008, by the Empire official website and Moviehole, that a new reboot of the Jack Ryan franchise will take place in the near future, featuring Ryan Gosling in the title role. The film will be titled By Any Means Necessary. The film was never made, and Chris Pine was the next actor to play Jack Ryan.
On March 18, 2008, Variety reported that Sam Raimi and Paramount Pictures were in negotiations to have Raimi direct the franchise reboot, with intentions of having him spearheading multiple sequels. At the time, Tom Clancy was writing a new novel. Paramount had not decided to use this new story, or create an original story for the Jack Ryan reboot. The next film was Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, with Chris Pine and directed by Kenneth Branagh.
- 1st series (3 films)
- Jack Ryan, Sr. (Non-film adapted character)
- Alec Baldwin
- Harrison Ford
- Ben Affleck
- Chris Pine
- Jack Ryan (first film series)
- Jack Ryan (second film series)
- Jack Ryan (third film series)