Tom Clancy, the man behind the wildly popular and exceedingly successful series of Jack Ryan books and video games has passed away. Clancy’s publisher confirmed the news with the New York Times (though a cause of death has yet to be announced).
Clancy rose to fame the ’80s when his various series centering around Jack Ryan (a CIA specialist) finally took of and became best sellers. A couple of books would later go on and be adapted into films—i .e The Hunt For Red October, Clear and Present Danger, Patriot Games, and The Sum of All Fears ( a fifth one, Jack Ryan: Shadow One, is also on the way). Multiple actors including Harrison Ford, Alec Baldwin, Chris Pine, and even Ben Affleck have stepped into the role of the titular character over the last few years.
Outside of that, Clancy was also very successful when it came to video games. Ghost Recon, Rainbow Six, and Splinter Cell are among his most popular ones (Splinter Cell will always be one of my favorites). Even beyond that, Clancy lent his name (and talent) to an estimated amount of over 40 original video games (including games from the Rainbow Six and Ghost Recon series).
As of recently, it was announced that Tom Hardy would be starring in an upcoming movie adaptation of the Splinter Cell video games (I will have to see that) and that Michael “I-make-everything-explode” Bay would be producing an upcoming Ghost Recon film.
Let’s hope that these upcoming films do Clancy and his work justice.
RIP Tom Clancy.
(Clancy leaves behind his wife, Alexandra Marie Llewellyn, of 16 years. My prayers go out to her.)
Source: Screen Crush
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