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Everything We Know About The Upcoming Rainbow Six Film

Rainbow Six Film

Popular Novel and Video Game Franchise Brought to Screen

Paramount has announced an upcoming Rainbow Six film, the most recent in a long line of Tom Clancy book-to-screen adaptations. Tom Clancy’s novel, Rainbow Six, was released in 1998 in conjunction with a first-person shooter video game of the same name that has spawned multiple sequels, popular among generations of young gamers from the first release on PS1 to the most recent on PS5. The film will take inspiration from both the book and the video game series and is a sequel to 2021’s Without Remorse. 

A History of Successful Adaptations

Tom Clancy’s novels have been adapted into several commercially successful and culturally recognized action films, beginning with The Hunt for Red October (1990), starring Alec Baldwin as the Clancy-verse’s equivalent to Iron Man, CIA agent Jack Ryan, and Sean Connery as the main villain. Harrison Ford took on the character of Jack Ryan in Patriot Games (1992) and its sequel, Clear and Present Danger (1994) followed by Ben Affleck in The Sum of All Fears (2002), and then by Chris Pine in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014). These films, combined, have grossed nearly $800 million at the box office. John Krasinski most recently played the American super-agent in the television series Jack Ryan, currently streaming on Prime Video. 

The most recent Clancy film adaptation was 2021’s Without Remorse, starring Michael B. Jordan as John Kelly (later Clark), a supporting character in Jack Ryan novels and the lead character in Without Remorse (1993) and Rainbow Six

What We Know So Far

The only casting decision announced thus far is Michael B. Jordan, returning to the role of the former Navy SEAL turned CIA agent, John Clark. Chad Stahelski, renowned stuntman, stunt coordinator, and director of the intricately choreographed, neon-chilled John Wick franchise, has been tapped to direct. British writing duo Daniel Fajesmin-Duncan and Marlon Smith, creators and writers of the British crime drama miniseries Run (2013), will pen the screenplay. Producers include Akiva Goldsman and Greg Lessans from Weed Road Pictures, Josh Applebaum and Andre Nemec from The Saw Mill, and Michael B. Jordan and his producing partner, Elizabeth Raposo, through Jordan’s Outlier Society banner. The film is still in early development, and principal photography has yet to take place, as well as other casting announcements. However, it is rumored at this stage that Paramount is looking for a theater release as opposed to a streaming release, as was originally the plan for Without Remorse before pandemic restrictions forced the film to be released through Prime. The mode of release may change as the production of the film continues to develop.

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Potential Plot

The plot for the film has not yet been released. 2021’s Without Remorse was loosely based on the novel of the same name, but many details were changed in the screen adaptation, and the same may be true for Rainbow Six. The Rainbow Six video games also deviated greatly from the novel’s original plot, and the film may be a mix of influences from both the video game and the novel. The novel’s plot deals with CIA operative John Clark forming a highly-skilled, secretive international counter-terrorism unit called Rainbow. It is formed of the most elite special forces operatives from NATO countries. Clark is the group’s commanding officer; his call sign is “Six” (hence Rainbow Six). After stopping several seemingly unrelated terrorist attacks, the Rainbow team uncovers a larger conspiracy with world-ending implications. Major characters to look for in future casting announcements include Clark’s son-in-law Domingo “Ding” Chavez, Rainbow’s second-in-command, SAS officer Allistair Stanley, or “Rainbow Five,” and the two villains, billionaire Dr. John Brightling, the mastermind behind the terrorist conspiracy and his main muscle, former KGB officer, Dmitriy Arkadyevich Popov.

Dream Casting

The mention of a SAS officer in the novel’s plot immediately brings about a list of myriad handsome British actors with action chops. Daniel Kaluuya would be an exciting one-two punch with Michael B. Jordan onscreen. The two are some of the most powerful and bankable stars in 2023, and a Kaluuya billing could put many people in seats come opening weekend. Michael Fassbender could play a terrifically charming villain and would be a fun addition as Dr. John Brightling or even in the Popov role sporting a Russian accent. Seeing as Stahenski has worked extensively with Keanu Reeves, it could also be a goosebump-raising addition to have the stoic king of action fill a role, even as small as a cameo.

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