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Jack Ryan Series From Lost Vets Lands Series Order at Amazon

Already an iconic character of literature and film, Jack Ryan is now coming to television.

Amazon has given a series order to an eponymous TV project about the CIA analyst-turned-United States president who originated in Tom Clancy’s novels.

According to our sister site Deadline, the series will not be a direct adaptation of the books, but will use them as source material for a contemporary take on the character as he navigates his job as a CIA operative.

The project is co-created by Lost vets Carlton Cuse and Graham Roland, who will executive-produce alongside Michael Bay, Brad Fuller, Lindsey Springer, Andrew Form and Mace Neufeld.

Although the titular hero has yet to be cast, the film adaptations have starred Alec Baldwin (The Hunt for Red October), Harrison Ford (Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger), Ben Affleck (The Sum of All Fears) and Chris Pine (Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit).

Your thoughts on a Jack Ryan TV series? Any casting suggestions? Drop ’em all in a comment below.

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27 Comments
  1. m3rcnate says:

    Could be cool, could be typical garbage. Depends on the lead, depends on how realistic or generic they go with the CIA/fighting/guns aspect of the show, and it depends on the budget.
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    By all that I mean first off the lead actor (Jack) has to be a guy who grabs your attention, keeps you interested, it can’t just be some generic white guy actor who has minimal screen presence. Next up is the CIA aspect (along with fight choreography and gun choreography), is it bland and getting a lot of stuff wrong and isn’t at all like the real worlds CIA? (Lame). Or is it realistic, does it feel quite close to the real thing (or at least what we know about it) and are the fights fun and realistic looking, along with the gun play?
    Lastly the budget, you gotta have a solid budget to support a show with a lot of fighting and guns and CIA office sets and locations where Jack travels to on missions (etc). They go web-series cheap and it will show and it will suck.

    • Lizo says:

      Yup, all this. The casting of the lead will make or break the show. The male leads on Limitless and Minority Report this new season are bland and forgettable (and I struggle a bit to tell them apart haha) so whomever they cast for Jack, needs to have charisma and talent.

  2. As long as Lindelof is nowhere to be found, I’m in.

    • Dave says:

      I’m assuming you say that because you hated the ending of Lost? Why do so many people on the internet hold this grudge against him for that but not against Carlton Cuse who was just as responsible for anything that you perceive went wrong with Lost?

      • I don’t hate it so much as I have mixed feelings and disappointed in the weirder Lindelofesque things about the show in general that never went anywhere. Film Crit Hulk wrote a great (long) piece about Prometheus that spells out everything that’s wrong with his writing style, so it’s worth reading if you want insight into that. Meanwhile, everything Carlton Cuse has done since doesn’t have pointless mystery for the sake of pointless mystery, whether it’s Bates Motel, The Strain or The Returned. It’s all about character conflicts (Lost’s bread and butter) and anything that is made unknown to the viewer is revealed later on in a plot critical scene. There’s no four-toed foot that has a magic immortal-ish man living in it that used to be a statue that was built by whomever lived there a long time ago for whatever bizarre reason that is completely irrelevant to plot/story/everything.

      • Also, Lindelof was a notorious jerk towards fans on Twitter. A massive jerk. Cuse is there too, but he was never a petty troll so overly precious about his own work that he has to lash out at strangers.

  3. Lizo says:

    I’m a really big fan of the Jack Ryan films. I hope they cast someone interesting for the role (Chris Pine was awful for it). Be awesome if they cast a man of colour, but they won’t.

    • James says:

      Chris Pine did a much better job than Alec Baldwin.

      • Gwen says:

        I disagree. I would rank the various Ryans like this: Harrison Ford, Alec Baldwin, Chris Pine, Ben Affleck. I like Ben Affleck but I thought he was miscast in this role.

    • TDXI says:

      Why would they cast a man of colour when Jack is a White Irish / American. This lets have everyone coloured for some reason, is pointless and stupid, It has already Ruined / killed Kojak, Ironside and The Equaliser.

    • tvjunkie says:

      Why is that when people want a minority they always ask for a black guy? You have something against Asians, Latinos, Indians, etc?

      • Lizo says:

        Lol right?? It’s this weird American thought process that there’s only white and black. Nice act of erasure.

      • Lizo says:

        Oh, in case you were replying to my original post (hard to tell on mobile). I just said “man of colour”, I didn’t specify black. Any non-white casting would be very welcome

  4. Paloma says:

    Let’s cast someone of Middle Eastern ancestry as Jack Ryan and really switch it up. Where are the hot spots that the CIA need to be concerned with? Jack Ryan is an analyst who spends a lot of time doing field work. So we could have a bland white actor in the role, which would limit the ability to operate in certain parts of the world and blend in. Or we could cast someone who could do the work in an interesting way.

    • i really like your idea but unfortunately as a “character ” jack ryan is white but i wish somehow what you described to be a show on hbo or netflix. that would be very interesting to watch!

      • Lizo says:

        There’s nothing in the Jack Ryan character that is inexorably linked to him being white. The character can be played by a man of colour.

    • Lizo says:

      Now *that* would be awesome. It would let them tell stories they can’t tell with white leads and would enable a really politically relevant and deeply thought out show.

    • I don’t know what the point would be. Changing a character’s ethnicity changes everything about them. They can have similar personality traits, but the point where the character stops being Jack Ryan and starts being someone else with Jack Ryan’s name is very early on. I’d watch a show with a Middle Eastern lead character, but there’s going to be a weird authenticity disconnect if the character is basically written as white and some people won’t even be able to tell he’s Middle Eastern.

  5. Bark Star says:

    Doing this right will take lots of unconnventional thinking and courage to go different ways. But if done right, it could be really good. As long as they look at the first 3 films for guidance and forget the Affleck/Pine garbage.

  6. TDXI says:

    It’s a real shame they did not adapt all the books as they were written, they were so good.

  7. Debbie French says:

    Needs to be someone who fits the part, obviously, and not just someone who’s hot right now. It will only work with the right person for the main part, and good scripts too of course.