A new 10-episode show from Amazon is on the way, with the story revolving around the well known Tom Clancy character Jack Ryan. The resourceful CIA analyst has previously been played in movies by big names like Alec Baldwin (The Hunt for Red October), Harrison Ford (Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger), Ben Affleck (The Sum of All Fears) and Chris Pine (Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit). Now, the character has been passed on to John Krasinski, who first rose to fame for his role in The Office, but has more recently starred in movies like 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi.
With the new show greenlit, naturally the star has been asked some questions. Krasinski spoke with Collider today about the show’s direction. “They’re not even really considering it a TV show,” he said. “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.” He went on to say that the series is being shot with a “movie budget” as well as having the same sorts of stunts and feel of a big screen feature.
And while there are still Clancy novels about Jack Ryan to be used for the show’s plot, the character and setting allow the writers to explore modern day conflicts. Here are Krasinski’s words on the subject:
“Every year [the plots are] 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.”
There isn’t a title for the show yet, but due to the power of the character’s name, it’s a safe bet that the words Jack Ryan will appear somewhere in it. Also given that the production isn’t nearly complete, no premiere date has yet been announced either.