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Shield Creator Shawn Ryan Hired to Adapt Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse

Big news, Tom Clancy fans: The Shield creator Shawn Ryan has signed on to adapt Clancy's 1993 best-seller Without Remorse at Paramount Pictures, which insiders familiar with the situation tell us will be produced by Star Trek writer-producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci and the studio’s newest co-financier, David Ellison's Skydance Productions.

In fact, Paramount has been straying from orthodox interpretation of the Clancy canon lately: Back in August, Vulture was first to report that Paramount had hired Lost director and executive producer Jack Bender to reboot its dormant Jack Ryan franchise in a thriller not tied to any specific Tom Clancy title. And this week, it became clear why: News broke Monday that Paramount had sold the distribution rights to Marvel properties The Avengers (due in May 2012) and Iron Man 3 (May 2013) to Walt Disney Pictures for just $115 million. Without Remorse had been kicking around for years at Paramount, but now that Marvel's big titles have vanished, there's a big push to create more in-house franchises.

In fact, Paramount has been straying from orthodox interpretation of the Clancy canon lately: Back in August, Vulture was first to report that Paramount had hired Lost director and executive producer Jack Bender to reboot its dormant Jack Ryan franchise in a thriller not tied to any specific Tom Clancy title. And this week, it became clear why: News broke Monday that Paramount had sold the distribution rights to Marvel properties The Avengers (due in May 2012) and Iron Man 3 (May 2013) to Walt Disney Pictures for just $115 million. Without Remorse had been kicking around for years at Paramount, but now that Marvel's big titles have vanished, there's a big push to create more in-house franchises.

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