Good news for fans of Tom Clancy and John Krasinski, Amazon has made an early order for season 2 of the upcoming Jack Ryan series. The move is not only a sign of the streaming services’s faith in the new show, but also it may also be indicative of Krasinski’s increased profile following the massive success he’s enjoyed with his directorial debut A Quiet Place. Whatever the reasoning behind the decision, fans can look forward to spending at least two seasons with Clancy’s most well-known character.
The series will see Krasinski as the fifth iteration of the CIA analyst, and it will put him in familiar territory. Like Ben Affleck-led Sum of All Fears and Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, starring Chris Pine, Amazon’s Jack Ryan finds Jack near the beginning of his career. As an up-and-coming intelligence analyst, Jack is put into the field for the first time, assuring that the series will be as much about action as it is about intelligence gathering.
Jack Ryan has more than just Clancy’s name and Krasinski’s face leading the charge. It also includes Carlton Cuse and Graham Roland as co-creators and showrunners on the series. Cuse, of course, helped deliver Lost, Bates Motel, and FX’s campy vampire drama The Strain in recent years, while Graham is known for his work on Fringe and Almost Human. That makes for some reliable talent to realize the series and bring Clancy’s work to Amazon’s growing content library.
That level of anticipation is part of why the series was given an early season 2 renewal, according to the new head of Amazon Studios, Jenner Salke, who said:
“With so much early anticipation for Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan from our customers and personally having the pleasure to preview the exhilarating, action-packed first season, we are excited to greenlight a second season of the series months ahead of its debut. The new season will take our unexpected hero to a new, exciting and dangerous world.”
Meanwhile, Cuse issued the following statement:
“We’re thrilled that the first season has generated so much enthusiasm. We couldn’t be happier to be working with Amazon and to be filming very near the Amazon to tell the next great Jack Ryan adventure.”
That puts Jack Ryan in league with BBC America’s witty spy drama, Killing Eve, as the second series in just a few weeks to have been given an early greenlight. As networks and streaming services look to cash in on buzzy shows that will have audiences talking, early renewals are a great way to assure fans that their favorite new series — even though they don’t know it yet — won’t be going anywhere anytime soon.
Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan season 1 will be streaming Labor Day Weekend on Amazon Prime Video.