R.I.P. Tom Clancy

By October 2, 2013

Tom Clancy

Tom Clancy, the novelist who wrote about 30 military and espionage-themed novels during his career, passed away last night in a Baltimore hospital. He was 66 years old.

Clancy’s most famous works were The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, and The Sum of All Fears, all of which were turned into major motion pictures. Clancy’s primary protagonist, Jack Ryan, was portrayed by Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, and Ben Affleck in those films, and will be played by Chris Pine in an upcoming Jack Ryan origin story called Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit set for release this winter. The trailer is hitting the internet tomorrow, but in the meantime you can check out the poster below:

Jack Ryan Shadow Recruit poster

Clancy was also known for the video games that bore his name: Rainbow Six,  Ghost Recon, Splinter Cell, and – to a lesser extent – H.A.W.X.

THR mentions that the worldwide box office grosses for Clancy’s film adaptations exceed $846 million, and with Shadow Recruit coming up (along with an adaptation of Without Remorse starring Tom Hardy and a Splinter Cell film – also starring Hardy – in the works), that number will obviously rise. His next book, Command Authority, is scheduled to be published on December 3rd, 2013. Rest in peace, sir.

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