The upcoming movie adaptation of Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six, starring Michael B. Jordan, taps John Wick director Chad Stahelski for the big chair.
Rainbow Six, arguably the most fruitful property from the late author Tom Clancy, is set for a film adaptation from Chad Stahelski, the director of the John Wick franchise.
Manifesting as a direct follow-up to the Michael B. Jordan-headlined 2021 release Without Remorse, Rainbow Six will see Stahelski as director, reports THR. Jordan will reprise his starring role as John Clark (formerly John Kelly), a former Navy SEAL drawn into the world of international espionage as a CIA operative. While the character may not be as widely known as Clancy’s oft-adapted Jack Ryan, Clark, as the protagonist of Rainbow Six, is the face of a story that has spawned a long (and continuing) line of video games brandishing its title, which started back in 1998. Thus, with brand recognition, Paramount is reportedly eschewing the predecessor film’s Amazon Prime Video streaming strategy for a theatrical release.
Rainbow Six’s Story
Based on Clancy’s 1998 novel of the same name, Rainbow Six showcases the continuing exploits of Clark, who forms a secret counterterrorism organization called Rainbow, for which he operates under the eponymous codename “Rainbow Six.” While his team deploys around the world tackling radical militants of all stripes, Clark’s team become embroiled in an elaborate apocalyptic conspiracy, learning that there’s a sinister pattern to their string of seemingly random incursions. The team dynamic showcased in the novel would become a central concept for the famous Ubisoft video game series it spawned, titled Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six. Indeed, the games became popular for revolutionizing a more cerebral strategy in lieu of a mindless run-and-gun approach.
Likewise, the film will continue the arc of Jordan’s Clark/Kelly, as established in Without Remorse, which was directed by Stefano Sollima. That film introduced the character as a tortured former SEAL who seeks vengeance after his pregnant wife, Pam (Lauren London), is killed by a group of elite Russian operatives who broke into their house. With Kelly having killed all but one of the assailants, a potent mystery lingers. However, the hunt for the escaped operative uncovers a vast international conspiracy with implications potentially leading to a new Cold War. With a mission set, Kelly teams with a friend in Lt. Commander Karen Greer (Jodie Turner-Smith) and CIA agent Robert Ritter (Jamie Bell) to unravel the sinister machinations. The film ended with a sequel tease for the formation of Rainbow, with Kelly given a new identity under the name John Clark.
The developing sequel’s newly appointed director, Chad Stahelski, helmed all three of the current John Wick films and returns for the upcoming John Wick: Chapter 4, which is set to hit theaters on March 24. Besides serving as star, Jordan will also produce alongside Elizabeth Raposo, both on behalf of the Outlier Society banner. Additionally, the film’s gaggle of producers includes Weed Road Pictures’ Akiva Goldsman and Greg Lessans and The Saw Mill’s Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec.
Jordan is coming off a surprise cameo in December’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever as the antagonist Killmonger, which occurred on the Ancestral Plane since the character died in the first film. The reprisals will keep coming since he’ll next be seen further contributing to the legacy of the Rocky franchise as Adonis Creed in Creed III, which is scheduled to hit theaters on March 3. Interestingly, in a move that mirrors Sylvester Stallone himself, Jordan is serving as star and director this time around.
Rainbow Six has yet to reveal a release date or release window.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
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