‘Jack Ryan’ TV Show Gets Amazon Straight-to-Series Order
Well, that was fast. Just one week after we learned LOST alum Carlton Cuse had in mind a Jack Ryan TV series based on Tom Clancy‘s enduring CIA hero, Amazon swoops in with a straight-to-series order. Will a TV prequel finally revitalize the character?
As originally announced (and now confirmed at THR), the new series won’t follow any specific Jack Ryan book, but rather spotlight a contemporary take on the character “in his prime as a CIA analyst/operative,” drawing liberally from source material. Seemingly titled Jack Ryan as well, the series reunites the LOST duo of co-showrunner Carlton Cuse and writer Graham Roland, pairing with Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes, Skydance Media and Paramount TV.
Over the years, Ryan has been portrayed by Alec Baldwin in 1990's The Hunt for Red October, Harrison Ford in 1992's Patriot Games and 1994's Clear and Present Danger, Ben Affleck in 2002's The Sum of All Fears, and most recently by Star Trek star Chris Pine for Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.
It remains to be seen if a straight-to-series bid for Jack Ryan diminishes any chances for Amazon’s 2015 crop of pilots, but does a Jack Ryan TV series sound like a solid continuation of the franchise, where films have failed?