Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck, Chris Pine. What do these four actors have in common? Well besides for all being iconic pop culture characters (What? I loved The Shadow, damn it!). All of them have played on-screen version of Tom Clancy’s famed literary CIA Agent Jack Ryan. And now there’s a new name joining that club!
Fresh from proving he’s not just lovable employee Jim Halpert in The Office but does actually have some action hero chops – as can be seen in Michael Bay’s 13 Hours – John Krasinski is set to become the new Jack Ryan in a brand new series being put together by Amazon. Deadline reports that the new series, just titled Jack Ryan, is being produced by Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes with a straight-to-series order for Amazon. The show is being creatively headed by former Lost and Fringe writers/producers Carlton Cuse and Graham Roland, who will both be acting as showrunners.
It’s being reported that this won’t be a straight adaptation of Clancy’s classic character but would be a new contemporary take. The novels saw Ryan as a former marine, “medically retired following a helicopter crash, [who] works as an investment broker before taking a position at the U.S. Naval Academy and later joining the CIA, rising through the ranks to Deputy Director and eventually becoming President of the United States”.
This latest version is said to show “the character in his prime as a CIA analyst/operative using the novels as source material.” Hopefully this contemporary take is better than the mindnumbingly boring direction most recently attempted by Pine in 2014’s uniformly meh Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. That film was the worst reviewed entry in the entire franchise which also consisted of The Hunt For the Red October (1990), Patriot Games (1992), Clear and Present Danger (1994) and The Sum of All Fears (2002). The entire series has grossed over $1 billion globally.
Last Updated: May 3, 2016