Amazon has given a 10-episode straight-to-series order to Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, starring John Krasinski as the popular CIA hero. The drama, from former Lost duo of co-showrunner Carlton Cuse and writer Graham Roland, Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes, Skydance Media and Paramount TV, landed at Amazon in April with a series commitment and the intention to go straight-to-series. Jack Ryan further solidified its series chances when it landed Krasinski for the lead. Amazon ordered three scripts — all written by Cuse and Roland, who also developed the story for the pilot. The scripts were recently delivered, paving the way to the series order.
A reinvention with a modern sensibility, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan follows Ryan (Krasinski), an up-and-coming CIA analyst as 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.
Jack Ryan is co-produced by Paramount TV and Skydance TV and executive produced by Cuse, Roland, who a former U.S. Marine, Platinum Dunes’ Michael Bay, Brad Fuller, and Andrew Form, as well as Skydance’s David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Marcy Ross, along with the movie franchise’s producer Mace Neufeld and Lindsey Springer of Carlton Cuse Prods. The series, projected to shoot in the U.S., Europe and Africa, reunites Krasinski with Bay who recently directed him in the 13 Hours feature.
Unlike some classic literary/screen characters that are closely identified with the actor who has portrayed them, the Jack Ryan movie franchise has seen four different actors take on the role — Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck and, most recently, Chris Pine. The quartet will now be joined by Krasinski.
Paramount’s Jack Ryan feature franchise spans five movies — from The Hunt For Red October starring Baldwin in 1990 to the 2013 Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit starring Pine, which Skydance co-produced. The franchise has grossed almost $1 billion worldwide.
At Amazon, Jack Ryan joins just a handful of series that have foregone the pilot stage, including Woody Allen’s Crisis In Six Scenes and David E. Kelley’s Goliath.
The Jack Ryan order gives Cuse four series on the air; he also has A&E’s Bates Motel, FX’s The Strain and USA Network’s Colony.
Jack Ryan also marks Paramount TV’s seventh series on the air, joining Maniac and 13 Reasons Why on Netflix, School Of Rock at Nickelodeon, The Alienist at TNT, Berlin Station at EPIX; and Shooter at USA. Platinum Dunes’ TV slate includes Starz drama Black Sails and TNT’s The Last Ship. Skydance’s series portfolio includes Grace And Frankie on Netflix.