Paramount has more stories to tell from Tom Clancy’s Ryanverse. The studio is reportedly working on a full-blown feature film based on the 1998 techno-thriller Rainbow Six by Tom Clancy, and it’s tapped some serious talent for the adaptation. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the upcoming movie will be directed by Chad Stahelski, the stuntman-turned-filmmaker responsible for the beloved John Wick films. Likely to function as the sequel to 2021’s Without Remorse, Paramount’s Rainbow Six will see Michael B. Jordan returning as Navy SEAL-turned-CIA operative John Kelly (originally known as John Clark in Clancy’s novel series).
The announcement also revealed that Jordan will be on hand to produce the film, alongside Elizabeth Raposo via the pair’s Outlier Society banner, while Stahelski, Jason Spitz and Alex Young will executive produce under the 87Eleven Entertainment banner.
For Jordan, the role continues a long-standing association with Tom Clancy’s work. The Hollywood superstar previously portrayed John Kelly (or Clark) in the 2021 film Without Remorse, based on Clancy’s 1993 novel of the same name and even revealed that has been an avid player of Ubisoft’s video game adaptation.
The movie serves somewhat as an origin story and follows the life of John Kelly, a U.S. Navy SEAL who seeks revenge for the killings of his pregnant wife and unit members by Russian hitmen. The film ends with Kelly getting a whole new identity as “John Clark,” and him offering to set up a multinational counter-terrorism team, codenamed: Rainbow.
The upcoming Rainbow Six will probably pick things up from where it ended, although no story details have been revealed to the public. In Tom Clancy’s 1998 book, Clark (whose codename is “Rainbow Six”) leads Rainbow, a secret international counterterrorist organisation. However, things start to go down when they stumble upon a complex apocalyptic conspiracy after conducting numerous seemingly random terrorist attacks. Chances are the Rainbow Six film will follow a similar plot point, with certain time-appropriate creative/narrative takes. It’s also unclear which other actors will be joining Michael B. Jordan as cast members.
Besides Jordan and Raposo, Akiva Goldsman and Greg Lessans via Weed Road Pictures, along with Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec through The Saw Mill, will be producing Paramount’s Rainbow Six movie. There’s no word on the release date or trailer yet. However, The Hollywood Reporter says that Paramount’s current plans are to release the movie theatrically. But nothing’s final just yet. We also don’t know whether Ubisoft will, in any form, be involved with the project or not.