Amazon has handed out a ten episode series order to their long-gestating Jack Ryan drama, starring John Krasinski (The Office), which hails from Paramount Television and Bates Motel showrunner Carlton Cuse. The streaming service first put the project into development in late 2015.
Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, based on the well known Clancy character, is described as a “re-invention with a modern sensibility” and follows hotshot CIA analyst Jack Ryan 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.
Carlton Cuse created the series and is penning the scripts alongside Almost Human‘s Graham Roland. Amazon Studios are co-producing with Paramount Television and Skydance Television. Cuse and Rolan will also executive produce the project alongside Platinum Dunes’ Michael Bay, Brad Fuller, and Andrew Form; Skydance’s David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Marcy Ross; and Mace Neufeld and Lindsey Springer.
“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.”
Jack Ryan continues the latest trend in Hollywood of taking a well established feature film property and re-developing it for the small screen. It follows in the foot-steps of Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments, Minority Report, Uncle Buck and Limitless and comes as a new wave of such shows, including Fox’s Lethal Weapon and The Exorcist, are set to premiere during the 2016-2017 broadcast season.