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Much like James Bond or Sherlock Holmes, Jack Ryan has become a franchise unto himself. Tom Clancy’s fictitious CIA agent has been the subject of several novels and films over the years, and now the character will be featured in his own TV series for the first time.
Amazon has made a 10-episode commitment to Jack Ryan with John Krasinski (The Office) in the titular role. The new Amazon series from showrunners Carlton Cuse and Graham Roland will focus on Ryan’s younger days as an up-and-coming CIA analyst who is thrust into a dangerous mission for the first time. Even though Jack Ryan has yet to go into production, the series was greenlit by Amazon, who is likely banking on audience familiarity with the character to draw eyeballs to their series.
Since the character was created in 1984, Jack Ryan has stayed in the public’s consciousness. Clancy wrote several novels featuring his creation, many of which were adopted into a popular series of films. Ryan has been portrayed on the big screen by some of Hollywood’s biggest names, including Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck, and Chris Pine. Paramount, the studio that produced those Ryan films, will also co-produce the upcoming Amazon series.
Krasinski joins that list of luminaries and would appear to be a good fit for the character. Although many associate the actor with his portrayal of lanky, loveable Jim Halpert from The Office, Krasinski proved he could play the tough action hero in such films as 13 Hours. Incidentally, 13 Hours was directed and co-produced by Michael Bay, whose Skydance Media will be co-producing the series.