Nearly a year after its Jack Ryan drama was put in development, Amazon is moving forward with the show.
The streaming service announced Tuesday that it has officially greenlighted the reboot of Tom Clancy’s popular CIA books with a 10-episode series pickup.
Starring The Office grad John Krasinski as the titular character, the drama 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 exec produce alongside Skydance’s David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Marcy Ross, with Mace Neufeld and Lindsey Springer also on board.
“We’re excited to add the Jack Ryan global franchise to our robust originals pipeline,” Amazon Studios head Roy Price said in a statement. “Our customers will enjoy a compelling adaptation of the action-packed spy thriller book series, further raising the bar for the quality level of storytelling that has made Prime Video a leading destination for content.”
The drama marks yet another reboot for the small screen as broadcast, cable and streaming outlets alike look for recognizable IP in a bid to cut through the clutter in a scripted landscape featuring more than 400 originals. There have been five Jack Ryan films, with the character played by Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck and Chris Pine. The drama landed at Amazon last year following a multiple-network bidding war.
For Cuse, Jack Ryan comes as the Lost grad is prepping the final season of A&E’s Bates Motel, is poised to make his directorial debut on the upcoming third-season finale of FX’s The Strain and has the sophomore run of USA Network’s Colony due in 2017.
Bay, meanwhile, has the upcoming fourth and final season of Starz’s Black Sails as well as TNT’s The Last Ship.
For Paramount TV, Jack Ryan is the latest title from the studio’s film library to be adapted for the small screen. It joins CBS All Access’ Star Trek and Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events as well as previous efforts including Fox’s Minority Report, Nick’s School of Rock and USA’s twice-delayed Shooter.
At Skydance, Jack Ryan joins a roster of TV projects that include WGN America’s Manhattan, Netflix’s Grace and Frankie and Altered Carbon as well as Spike’s Red Mars.
With the role in Jack Ryan, Krasinski, repped by WME, will make his return to series-regular television following his nine-season run on NBC’s The Office. He also exec produces Spike’s Emmy-nominated series Lip Sync Battle.