And yet the release of
All of the previous four films centered on the fast-rising
The first movie in that series is arguably the author's best-known adaptation -- 1990's "The Hunt for Red October," based on Clancy's first published work. The film starring
Harrison Ford would go on to take over the role in 1992's "Patriot Games" and 1994's "Clear and Present Danger," each of which also did massive business. It was nearly a decade before Jack Ryan turned up at the multiplex again -- this time, played by
Despite these successful collaborations with the movie business, Clancy was openly hesitant about about the film industry. "Giving your book to Hollywood is like turning your daughter over to a pimp," went one of his more famous quotes. Clancy disliked the slow pace at which movies were made, questioning why it took so long for screenwriters to pen a 120-page script when he could churn out a 1,200-page manuscript in five months.
"We all know that time is money," he told The Times in a 1995 interview. "Well, by God, time really is money in Hollywood, and yet the Hollywood process wastes a colossal amount of time unnecessarily."