Once upon a time, America was secured by one man who, although he wasn’t a field agent, still did the U.S. of A. proud by protecting its interests at home and abroad. In the 21st century though, Jack Ryan just isn’t the big stuff he used to be. The last Jack Ryan movie, designed to reboot the movie series into a Bourne-again action franchise, was a disaster, barely scraping together $50 million at the domestic box office. Perhaps Jack Ryan just needs a change of venue to recharge, and that seems to be what Paramount Pictures is thinking by giving up the dream of an action movie franchise, and embrace the possibilities of streaming TV.
Deadline announced this morning that Platinum Dunes, Skydance Media and Paramount are transferring all their ideas about young Jack Ryan to TV with a 10-episode season order for Amazon. The series, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, will follow up-and-coming CIA analyst Jack Ryan – played by The Office’s John Krasinski, “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.” Just another day at the office for Ryan, I guess. The show will also have a genuine global scope shooting in the U.S., Europe and Africa.
Lost co-showrunner Carlton Cuse will executive produce the show, marking his fourth ongoing series currently on the air including Bates Motel, The Strain and Colony; while Graham Roland, who worked with Cuse on the U.S. remake of The Returned, will put his background as a Marine to good use as Cuse’s co-showrunner on Jack Ryan. Mace Neufeld, who produced every Jack Ryan movie so far, will also be with the series as an executive producer, as will Michael Bay, who re-unites with his 13 Hours star Krasinski.
As for when we’ll see this new Jack Ryan, as they say, stay tuned….