“The Office” and “13 Hours” star John Krasinski is set to play Jack Ryan, the popular CIA analyst and hero of Tom Clancy’s novels, for a new TV series in the works at Amazon.
The streaming giant handed out a series commitment with the intention to go straight-to-series, but a green light hasn’t been given just yet. The casting of Krasinski however will likely push it forward. “Lost” co-showrunner Carlton Cuse and writer Graham Roland are behind the project, along with Platinum Dunes and Skydance Media.
Five films have been made with the character including John McTiernan’s cinematic classic “The Hunt for Red October,” Phil Noyce’s very well-regarded “Patriot Games” and “Clear and Present Danger,” Phil Alden Robinson’s respected “The Sum of All Fears” and Kenneth Branagh’s disappointing “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit”. Four actors have taken on the role including Harrison Ford, Alec Baldwin, Ben Affleck and Chris Pine.
Like the latter, this will not be a direct adaptation of the books but rather a contemporary take with the character in his prime as a CIA analyst/operative. Unlike that recent film though, this will use the novels for source material in its stories.
Cuse, Roland, Mace Neufeld, Lindsey Springer, Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form will all executive produce.