Now that "Patriot Games" is packing crowds into theaters, Mace Neufeld can afford a look back at how the high-profile project came together -- and almost didn't. Mr. Neufeld and partner Robert Rehme produced the Harrison Ford thriller based on Tom Clancy's tome, and he's been involved on every level of the project.
The picture made news before the cameras even started rolling, when Alec Baldwin -- CIA analyst Jack Ryan in "The Hunt for Red October" -- ankled the sequel because of a schedule conflict (he was set to star with Jessica Lange in the Broadway revival of "A Streetcar Named Desire"), and Mr. Neufeld and Paramount Pictures were left hanging.
"It was very distressing personally," remembers Mr. Neufeld, "because I made "Red October" with Alec, he did a great job, and we were quite friendly. The failure to get him committed to the film when we needed the commitment was a blow.