Sam Raimi Says Buh-Bye Jack Ryan, Hello Spidey!!! 

Director Sam Raimi, known for his great "Evil Dead" franchise and "Spider-Man" movies, tried to revive Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan character. You may know the character from "The Hunt for Red October" (Alec Baldwin played the character), Harrison Ford starred as Jack Ryan in "Clear and Present Danger" and "Patriot Games" and Ben Affleck tried to be Jack in "The Sum of All Fears."

Well, hopes for Raimi to spread his movie magic on the Jack Ryan franchise have been dashed! Revealing his thoughts to MTV, Raimi expounds on the following nuggets:

“I’m really excited about Spider-Man,” he told us this week, revealing that his flirtation with the Tom Clancy novel-to-film series that has starred Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck is finished. “Production [on more ‘Spider-Man’ films] would start probably by March, I’m guessing of 2010.”

Raimi revealed to us during the chat that he’d be willing to shoot “Spider-Man 4” and “Spider-Man 5” at the same time, and also spoke about the futures of Kirsten Dunst and The Lizard. And, as he explained, that doesn’t leave him any time to reboot Tom Clancy’s tale of America’s top CIA operative.

“I love Tom Clancy, and I hope they’d keep me in mind,” Raimi shrugged, admitting that he couldn’t realistically make a Jack Ryan movie for half a decade or more. “But because I’m committed to ‘Spider-Man and making that picture, I think it’s going to knock me out of the running for the Jack Ryan picture.”

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