Chad Stahelski to make a Rainbow Six movie

Without Remorse starring Michael B Jordan
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Michael B Jordan will return as John Clark for the sequel to 2021’s Without Remorse.

2021’s Without Remorse came and went without making too much of an impact on audiences. The action thriller starred Michael B Jordan as John Clark, the Tom Clancy-created special forces operative who set out to avenge his wife’s murder.

The film was serviceable but certainly didn’t set the world alight, with Paramount displaying a lack of confidence in the movie by offloading it to Amazon, admittedly at a time when such practices were becoming the norm.

Still, the studio knows that it has a valuable combination on its hands in the form of Tom Clancy’s enduringly-popular source material and Michael B Jordan’s star power. As such, Paramount has commissioned a sequel to the film which will this time be heading to cinemas.

To that end, the studio have recruited one of the highest-profile action directors in Hollywood to replace the outgoing Stefano Sollima. Chad Stahelski will be coming in to helm Rainbow Six, the codename for the Clancy-created fictional anti-terrorism special forces team will also be the film’s title. The team name is probably most widely-known for being a long-running and popular video game series that is ostensibly based on Clancy’s books, although that hasn’t really been true for many a year.

The ongoing success of Ubisoft’s Rainbow Six video game series means that Paramount has a clear eye on bringing in a wider audience for this one, and despite Without Remorse's limp reception, may well have been buoyed by the strong performance of other video game adaptations such as 2022’s Uncharted.

As for Stahelski, he has a pretty full plate with the director currently attached to projects such as Black Samurai, Shibumi, Classified and the long-gestating Highlander remake.

Where this one fits in, we don’t yet know but we have a feeling it will be leapfrogging at least some of those projects. Perhaps Stahelski’s crowded to-do list will make more sense in the wake of the soon-to-release John Wick Chapter 4. We’ll let you know more as we hear it.

The Hollywood Reporter

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