News: Paramount Bringing Jack Ryan to Television

by Ken Miyamoto on September 22, 2015

After five movies and four different actors in the lead — Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck, and Chris Pine — Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan is coming to television by way of former Lost duo of co-showrunner Carlton Cuse and writer Graham Roland, Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes, and Paramount TV. 

Cuse and Roland conceived the project, based on Clancy’s novels, but not as direct adaptation of the books. The show will be a new contemporary take on the character in his prime as a CIA analyst/operative, using the novels as source material.

In the novels, Ryan, medically retired following a helicopter crash, works as an investment broker before taking a position at the U.S. Naval Academy and U.S. Naval Academy and later joining the CIA, rising through the ranks to Deputy Director and eventually becoming President of the United States.

The Jack Ryan movie franchise has garnered over $1 billion worldwide. 

Series adaptations of movies from the Paramount library by their TV production company have yielded two series orders, for Minority Report at Fox and School of Rock at Nickelodeon, as well as two pilot pickups for Shooter at USA and Urban Cowboy at Fox. ScreenCraft previously featured the news of a Galaxy Quest series is also in development at Amazon.

Source: Deadline

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