Lost Co-Showrunner is Bringing Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan To TV
Jack Ryan is coming to TV, and there’s almost no question that the project is going to happen.
Deadline is reporting that a bidding war has already begun for the Jack Ryan TV series, which is based on the popular hero created by novelist Tom Clancy. The Jack Ryan television show is being produced by former Lost co-showrunner Carlton Cuse and fellow Lost veteran, Graham Roland.
Clancy first created Jack Ryan for the 1984 novel The Hunt for Red October, and Ryan has been used as the main hero in several subsequent novels as Ryan rose through the ranks of the CIA and he was even elected President of the United States in two non-consecutive terms. Ryan’s son, Jack Ryan Jr. also followed in his father’s footsteps and appeared in several espionage stories as well.
The Jack Ryan TV series isn’t based on any particular novel by Clancy, but it will use his stories for source material. It will reportedly focus on a much younger Jack Ryan when he was in the early days of his CIA career. The show will also take place in the present.
Jack Ryan has been portrayed onscreen by four different actors: Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck, and Chris Pine; who is pictured above in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, the 2014 film that attempted to give the franchise a second reboot.
Paramount TV is producing the Jack Ryan series with Skydance Media and Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes. Because the process of selling the potential series has already begun, Jack Ryan will likely be in contention for a slot on the 2016 TV schedule.
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