Jack Ryan is a property studios have already taken a shot at on the film front several times: with actors Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck, and Chris Pine all filling in for the role of the titular character. Most recently, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, which was directed by Kenneth Branagh, hit theaters. A good number of viewers who went to see it generally enjoyed it, but at the end of the day it was definitely a by-the-numbers thriller that didn't do much to go above and beyond. The film didn't set the box office on fire either. On a $60 million budget, it made $135 million worldwide. It was by no mean a flop, but it was hardly enough to justify moving forward with a franchise.
Instead, Amazon TV and Paramount have teamed up to bring viewers a Jack Ryan TV show. The series is set to star 13 Hours and The Office star John Krasinski, who is slowly making a name for himself as an action star in Hollywood.
In a recent interview with Collider, Krasinski was able to discuss the approach they'd be taking with the Jack Ryan TV show, and the subject matter they'd be covering.
To start with, he mentioned the changing landscape in TV, and how the TV show they're making now isn't one that would've existed back when, say, The Sum of All Fears hit theaters back in 2002 (which was another Jack Ryan adaptation).
“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. His whole idea was he just felt that two hours wasn’t enough time to tell a Jack Ryan story because Tom Clancy’s books are so detailed and rich, and the character of Jack Ryan if he has a superpower is his intelligence, so there’s a lot of problem solving and things that take time, and that’s the beauty of the spy genre. That’s what I found was the best pitch to me is it’s really just what’s the best format to tell this story?”
Amazon has already proven their worth with some great content, and along with Netflix, they're helping to change the landscape of television. Let's hope that trend continues with this show.
Krasinski also discussed the type of material they'd be covering in the show. Are they planning to adapt more of the books? Not so much, from the sound of it.
“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 has also had some recent experience in directing, and in fact, his latest film, The Hollars, is just a few days from its release. So can we expect him to helm a Jack Ryan episode?
“At some point I would. I don’t know if I’ll do it the first season, I think I’m gonna let them—all of us need to sort of figure out what show we’re telling, and we’re gonna have such great people involved and I’m so lucky that they made me one of the producers of the show, so I’m gonna be busy doing that.”
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