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  • John Kelly/Clark has been played in other Tom Clancy movies by Willem Dafoe and Liev Schreiber. This is the story of how he came to be associated with the CIA
  • Tom Clancy sold the rights to his novel 'Without Remorse' to Savoy Pictures in 1993 for a reported $2.5 million soon after the novel was published.
  • The film adaptation of Tom Clancy's 1993 novel 'Without Remorse' had been in development since the 1990s. In 1994, Keanu Reeves was offered $7 million for the role of John Clark but turned it down. In 1995, pre-production was well under way when Savoy Pictures shut down the project, which was set to star Laurence Fishburne and Gary Sinise. In 2012, Christopher McQuarrie signed on with Paramount Pictures to direct the film, with Tom Hardy in talks to play John Clark and Kevin Costner in talks to play his mentor, William Harper. In September 2018, it was announced that Michael B. Jordan would be playing John Clark in a two-part film series, which will be composed of 'Without Remorse' and 'Rainbow Six'. Director Stefano Sollima was announced in December 2018 and filming began in Berlin in October 2019.
  • Reunites Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Bell after Fantastic Four (2015)


  • John Kelly is John Clark from the Jack Ryan universe. The first film from that universe not featuring Jack Ryan, although Jack does appear in the the book briefly
  • Tom Clancy's novel "Without Remorse", is about John Kelly, a former decorated Navy SEAL who, widowed after his wife dies in a car accident, becomes involved with a drug and prostitution ring in 1970's Baltimore. He picks up a prostitute who is on the run from a ruthless pimp who is also importing large amounts of heroin in the bodies of dead soldiers coming back from Vietnam. After his friend is gang raped and killed, he begins tracking and assassinating the Baltimore cartel members. At the same time for security reasons, Clark is recruited by the CIA and Navy to run a reconnaissance mission back into Vietnam where a secret camp is being used to interrogate high value prisoners of war who have been declared dead. Along the way, he dodges Baltimore police, corrupt cops, traitorous government officials, the Coast Guard, and the cartel. The book carries a strong anti-drug message, highlighting the brutal lives of prostitutes and those involved in the drug trade. It also has the familiar conspiritous plot with corrupt politicians, cops and intelligence organizations playing major roles.
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