Amazon Greenlights ‘Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan,’ Puts Pilots on YouTube and Facebook
Amazon announced today that it has greenlit “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan,” a 10-episode, one-hour drama starring John Krasinksi (“The Office,” “13 Hours”) as the titular CIA analyst that will debut on Prime Video.
It was first reported that Paramount and Skydance were developing a Jack Ryan series last September. The show was shopped to multiple outlets, including Fox, NBC, Netflix and A&E, before landing at Amazon.
It is the only the second Amazon show to be greenlit without going through its pilot program, which has the company weigh viewer feedback from subscribers and non-subscribers alike in in the U.S., the U.K., Germany, Austria and Japan. The first was Woody Allen’s six-episode series “Crisis in Six Scenes,” which will debut on Sept. 30.
Carlton Cuse (“Lost,” “The Strain,” “Bates Motel”) and Graham Roland (“Fringe,” “Almost Human”) wrote the “Jack Ryan” pilot, which will kick off the series with Ryan uncovering a communication pattern that launches him into the center of a plot involving a new breed of terrorism that threatens global destruction.
It will be first TV effort for the Jack Ryan character following six movies scattered across the past 26 years, the most recent of which was “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” (2014), starring Chris Pine. The character has also been played by Alec Baldwin (1990’s “The Hunt for Red October”), Harrison Ford (1992’s “Patriot Games,” 1994’s “Clear and Present Danger”) and Ben Affleck (2002’s “The Sum of All Fears”).
Cuse and Roland first worked together as writer/producers on “Lost.” Most recently, they collaborated on “The Returned,” created by Cuse, which was canceled after a single season on A&E in the spring of 2015. The duo is executive producing “Jack Ryan” with Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form of Platinum Dunes (“Transformers,” “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”), David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Marcy Ross of Skydance, Mace Neufeld (“Patriot Games,” “Clear and Present Danger,” “The Sum of All Fears” and “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit”) and Lindsey Springer.
Cuse previously created the Amazon pilot “Point of Honor,” produced with ABC Studios, which he executive produced and co-wrote with Randall Wallace (“Braveheart,” “We Were Soliders”). It debuted in Jan. 2015 and failed to receive a series order.
In other Amazon news, the company is promoting its Prime Video originals by making pilot episodes of select series available for viewing on Amazon Video’s YouTube and Facebook pages. They include the pilots for prime time shows “Bosch,” “The Man in the High Castle,” “Mozart in the Jungle,” “Transparent” and “Red Oaks” and kids series “Annedroids,” “Gortimer Gibbons Life on Normal Street,” “Just Add Magic,” “Tumble Leaf” and “Wishenpoof!” All of the shows have had at least one full season on Amazon.