Following last week’s announcement that Amazon had given a full series order to Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, leading man John Krasinski has uncovered some details regarding the first season’s plot. It’s long been known that Ryan would be taking on some terrorist threat, that’s standard when it comes to the character, but this time cultural relevance will be out in full force. Krasinski has confirmed that ISIS will be involved in the threat. Here’s what he told Collider:
“Every year they’re 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.”
Krasinski also reveals that the series is being approached along the lines of a 10-hour movie with a budget to match.
“We’re doing 10 episodes and I think the interesting part about it is exactly what you said, everything’s changed so much; the line between film and TV has blurred so much over the years, I think Jack Ryan is a product of that blurring so much that I think that they’re not even really considering it a TV show, 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. Carlton Cuse’s whole plan is we’re gonna shoot it on a movie budget, we’re gonna have the same stunts as movies, it’s gonna feel like a movie but you’re gonna watch it every week.”
This sounds like a very exciting way to go. Tom Clancy was known for his dense novels and a full season, especially broken up over multiple episodes sounds like an admirable way to take on his material.
Krasinski is the fifth actor to take on the role of CIA analyst Jack Ryan, stepping into the shoes of Alec Baldwin (The Hunt for Red October, an adaptation of Ryan’s first novel), Harrison Ford (Patriot Games, Clear & Present Danger), Ben Affleck (The Sum Of All Fears), and most recently Chris Pine. I was actually a big fan of Pine’s work in the role in 2014’s Jack Ryan – Shadow Recruit, but I can’t say I’m not excited to see what Krasinski does with the character. His turn in Michael Bay’s 13 Hours – The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi back in January proves he has the chops to handle Ryan. The series is looking toward a January 2017 start date. Until then, this’ll be an exciting development to watch.