Amazon's Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan series will debut its first trailer at New York Comic Con, a new online teaser video confirms. John Krasinski is set to star in the series from Lost writer/producer Carlton Cuse and Fringe producer Graham Roland.
Novelist Tom Clancy first debuted the character of Jack Ryan, an academic-turned-CIA-operative, in his 1984 best-seller The Hunt For Red October. Alec Baldwin took on the role of Ryan in the 1990 film adaptation of Red October, then handed the character off to Harrison Ford for 1992's Patriot Games and 1994's Clear and Present Danger, also adapted from Clancy books. Hollywood tried to keep the franchise rolling with 2002's The Sum of All Fears starring Ben Affleck, but that film would be the last in the Jack Ryan series until 2014's Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit starring Chris Pine. No additional Jack Ryan movies are currently in the pipeline, but Amazon will now try to resurrect the character via an episodic series.
Amazon has posted a teaser clip confirming that the first proper Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan trailer will debut at NYCC. The simple clip sets up the series' story of Middle Eastern intrigue by tracing the path of a $10 bill with a smiley-face drawn on it in red ink, as it passes from the hands of a small girl innocently buying something at a newsstand to drug dealers to a man with a money-belt taped around his waist and ultimately, into the hands of terrorists.
The gritty clip seems to promise that the series will delve deeply into the details of how terrorist operations function. If this is the case, then it will be quite a departure from the previous Jack Ryan movies, which mostly focused on broad-stroke action and not so much the minutiae of how bad operators actually go about their bad operations. Krasinski has indicated that while the Jack Ryan TV show will still have plenty of action and stunts, the plan is to use the episodic television format to flesh out the story in a way that hearkens back to Clancy's highly-detailed and very thick novels.
The first season of the Jack Ryan TV series will run for 10 episodes and will feature real-life terrorist group ISIS as the main antagonists. Passengers director Morten Tyldum has been tapped to direct the pilot, with The Americans director Daniel Sackheim also reportedly set to helm a few season 1 episodes. Meanwhile, on the casting side of things, Abbie Cornish has been named as the show's female lead.
A premiere date for Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan has not yet been announced but perhaps that detail will be included in the show's NYCC panel, along with the full trailer.
Source: Amazon Video