‘Jack Ryan’ Series Greenlit at Amazon

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A new “Jack Ryan” series, starring John Krasinski, has landed a series greenlight at Amazon with a 10-episode order, Variety has learned.

Based on Tom Clancy’s iconic CIA character, the modernized series, described as a reinvention of the classic story, hails from Carlton Cuse and Graham Roland who shepherded the adaptation.

Michael Bay, Brad Fuller, Andrew Form, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Marcy Ross, Mace Neufeld and Lindsey Springer are also exec producing. The series hails from Paramount TV and Skydance Television.


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John Krasinski to Star in Amazon’s ‘Jack Ryan’ TV Series

The hourlong action drama will follow the title character (Krasinski), an up-and-coming CIA analyst, who is thrust into a dangerous field assignment for the first time. He uncovers a pattern in terrorist communication that launches him into the center of a dangerous gambit with a new breed of terrorism that threatens destruction on a global scale.

“We’re excited to add the ‘Jack Ryan’ global franchise to our robust originals pipeline,” said Roy Price, head of Amazon Studios. “Our customers will enjoy a compelling adaptation of the action-packed spy thriller book series, further raising the bar for the quality level of storytelling that has made Prime Video a leading destination for content.”

Clancy’s book inspired five films, which introduced Jack Ryan as an ex-Marine who is drafted into the CIA. Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck and Chris Pine have all played the titular role with Pine starring in the most recent film, “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” in 2014. Paramount produced all of the flicks, so it’s fitting that Paramount TV is behind the television series.

The new take on “Jack Ryan” landed at Amazon in late 2015 with a promising series commitment, instead of their typical pilot-testing strategy. Krasinski was cast this April, further pushing the hot project along toward a series order.

“Jack Ryan” will shoot in the U.S., Europe and Africa. No premiere date has been set.

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  1. Koblog says:

    Hollywood can screw up almost anything. Clancy wrote in Muslims as the bad guys. Hollywood changed them to “neo-Nazis!” Then they cast lefties like Affleck and Baldwin, who viscerally and overtly detest what Clancy stood for. They change the stories and miscast the lead, then the producers wonder why the audience stays away.

  2. LeanneL says:

    I don’t know. Lindelof seems to have been the creative force behind Lost. Cuse really brought nothing to that amazing French series, The Returned. I’m skeptical.

    • Rena Moretti says:

      For my money, Cuse did one good show: Nash Bridges, which I think was more due to Don Johnson’s creative juices than Carlton’s, at least if one can judge by his later shows.

      Briscoe County was decent also (great by today’s lowered standards!)

  3. What I want to know is what does this say about the Movie Franchise? Are they going to do more? Will Chris Pine be back or will the cast from the TV Show? A lot of questions that I wish they had touched on.

  4. Rena Moretti says:

    Audiences don’t want more sequels/reboots/remakes so this is another blow to the health of the TV industry.

    Besides which, this is terrible casting.

  5. Phil Esteen IV says:

    Sadly, Clancy’s “Jack Ryan” books are so repetitive, unbelievable and poorly constructed that bad movies are the inevitable byproducts.

    • Rena Moretti says:

      Hunt for Red October was pretty awesome and the first two Harrison Ford movies were OK if unspectacular.

      • Rena Moretti says:

        Thanks Jedi77.

        I never read the books so I can’t offer a personal judgement, but their success does speak volumes to the fact many found them compelling.

      • jedi77 says:

        Couldn’t agree more. Red October is amazing.

        And for what it’s worth. I have seen “The Sum of All Fears” a few times. It’s my guilty pleasure.
        The fact that things actually blow up, instead of being stopped with 1½ second left, gives me a thrill.

  6. back2aha says:

    I’m excited to see this! I think he’ll do an amazing job. Jack Ryan is not an action star. He’s a computer guy getting thrust into a world of action which is what makes him relatable. Where will this be filmed? I’d love to be part of it.

  7. Josh says:

    If John wants to do this, let him. Haters are going to hate, and I forgot everyone is a professional critic nowadays.

  8. Robbie says:

    Please stop trying to make Krasinski an action star. It hasn’t worked so far and this is not the vehicle with which to succeed. However, if you ever decide to do a live action version of the 70s cartoon Clue Club, I know someone who would be perfect for Woofer, the basset hound.

  9. Ben says:

    This is such massive miscasting, there is nothing “Jack Ryan” about Krasinsky and his puddin-nose.

  10. Jedi77 says:

    I have a really bad feeling about this.

    How is this a good idea?

  11. jona says:

    OH God, no please.

  12. BillUSA says:

    Nothing screams “lack of originality” like continued re-hashes of a character. Let’s see now, Baldwin, Ford, Affleck, Pine and now Krasinski. Hollywood should be whittled down to two studios because the proliferation of the industry has watered down the talent pool of actors, writers, directors, etc.

    • Rena Moretti says:

      There’s plenty of talent out there, but they rarely get hired.

      The same small cadre of mostly bad actors/writers/directors get all the gigs, no matter how many times they make bad product that fails.

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