With the exception of the two Harrison Ford films which were linked, the film franchise based on author Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan character has essentially been started afresh with each entry to date. That won’t be the case with the upcoming Amazon TV series.
Speaking about his role as both producer and star of the in the works series, John Krasinski tells Collider that the upcoming ten episode first season of the series will be heavily serialised and essentially one big film:
“We’re doing 10 episodes and I think the interesting part about it is exactly what you said, everything’s changed so much; the line between film and TV has blurred so much over the years, I think Jack Ryan is a product of that blurring so much that I think that they’re not even really considering it a TV show, they’re calling it a movie that’s being told in 10 parts; and that’s not just an argument of semantics, it’s actually true.
Carlton Cuse’s whole plan is we’re gonna shoot it on a movie budget, we’re gonna have the same stunts as movies, it’s gonna feel like a movie but you’re gonna watch it every week. His whole idea was he just felt that two hours wasn’t enough time to tell a Jack Ryan story because Tom Clancy’s books are so detailed and rich, and the character of Jack Ryan if he has a superpower is his intelligence, so there’s a lot of problem solving and things that take time, and that’s the beauty of the spy genre. That’s what I found was the best pitch to me is it’s really just what’s the best format to tell this story?”
Like the ill-fated Chris Pine reboot though, this series is ignoring the novels in favor of a new story with plans to tackle modern, real-world issues. For the first season, that threat will be the one on the front pages – ISIS:
“Every year they’re gonna be different. They’re sort of more ripped-from-the-headlines type stuff, so the first year the villain or I don’t know what you want to call it is it’s taking on ISIS for sure.”
Filming on the series aims to begin in January in various locations around the globe. Krasinski cites “The Hunt for Red October” as his favorite, and says he’d like to direct an episode but probably not right way:
“At some point I would. I don’t know if I’ll do it the first season, I think I’m gonna let them – all of us need to sort of figure out what show we’re telling, and we’re gonna have such great people involved and I’m so lucky that they made me one of the producers of the show, so I’m gonna be busy doing that.”
The “Jack Ryan” series is expected to air sometime late 2017.