After appearing in numerous Tom Clancy novels and five different films, Jack Ryan will soon be making his television debut.
John Krasinski is set to star as the titular CIA analyst in Amazon’s upcoming drama series Jack Ryan, and back in August, the streaming service officially greenlit 10 episodes for the season. With the series’ start date on the horizon, EW caught up with Krasinski to get some details on the superspy’s next adventures.
“We’re firing up in mid-February, and I couldn’t be more excited,” Krasinski told EW. “I think in some ways, Jack Ryan is our American James Bond. He’s certainly not as suave nor gets as many girls, but there’s something really safe about knowing that someone like him is out there. I always loved the books, loved the movies. And I think [executive producers] Carlton Cuse and Graham Roland, what they’re coming up with is a completely different take.”
Jack Ryan may be the first time the character has made it to television, but the CIA superstar has appeared in five films played by four different actors: Alec Baldwin in The Hunt for Red October, Harrison Ford in Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger, Ben Affleck in The Sum of All Fears, and Chris Pine in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. Still, Krasinski says, moving Jack to TV allows for a fresh type of storytelling.
“I think thanks to the popularity of long-form television, you can take a book that is so beloved or a literary character that is so beloved and actually spend as much time as you would with a book, instead of jamming it into a two-hour movie,” he added. “You actually get to spend time with him over a long period of time and watch him sort of figure things out because his superpower is his brain. And so in two hours, it’s hard to solve puzzles and get the bad guys. So now we get to do it in a series.”
A release date has yet to be announced, but Jack Ryan will be available to stream on Amazon.