'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. 

“With so much early anticipation for Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan from our customers and personally having the pleasure to preview the exhilarating, action-packed first season, we are excited to greenlight a second season of the series months ahead of its debut,” Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios, said Tuesday in a statement. “The new season will take our unexpected hero to a new, exciting and dangerous world.”

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.

“We're thrilled that the first season has generated so much enthusiasm,” said Cuse. “We couldn't be happier to be working with Amazon and to be filming very near the Amazon to tell the next great Jack Ryan adventure.”

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. 

“From day one we only had one actor on our casting board for this series — John Krasinski,” said Paramount Television president Amy Powell. “We are so excited that he is our Jack Ryan and we get to make another season with this incredibly talented team. We have been blown away by what our whole team has delivered for season one and we can’t wait for everyone to see it this summer.”