10:00am PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Jack Ryan,' Starring John Krasinski, Scores Early Season 2 Renewal at Amazon
Amazon Studios is taking advantage of the buzz around A Quiet Place star John Krasinski.
Months ahead of its series debut, the streamer and retail giant has handed out an early second-season renewal for the Krasinski-fronted series Jack Ryan.
Set to premiere Aug. 31, the eight-episode drama is based on Tom Clancy's popular CIA books. Krasinski stars as the titular character in the project that follows Ryan as he uncovers a pattern in terrorist communication that launches him into the center of a dangerous gambit with a new breed of terrorism that threatens destruction on a global scale.
Carlton Cuse (Bates Motel, The Strain) and Graham Roland (Almost Human) penned the script and developed the project together. The drama is a co-production between Paramount Television and Skydance Television. Platinum Dunes' Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form are executive producing alongside Skydance's David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Marcy Ross, with Mace Neufeld and Lindsey Springer also on board.
Jack Ryan was picked up to series in August 2016, with Amazon promoting the show earlier this year with its first Super Bowl ad (see above). Amazon says they received a 400 percent increase in Prime members following the spot. Abbie Cornish and Wendell Pierce co-star.
The Amazon renewal comes on the heels of Paramount's A Quiet Place, which has been a box-office surprise after opening to an impressive $50.2 million. The feature, which Krasinski co-wrote, directed and stars in and was produced for a mere $17 million, revolves around a family trying to survive in a world where any sound attracts killer aliens. Jack Ryan marks Krasinski's first TV series regular role following his breakout gig on the NBC comedy The Office.