John Krasinski revealed that the upcoming “Jack Ryan” TV show will tackle real-world issues, with the first being ISIS.
“Every year they’re gonna be different,” Krasinski told Collider. “They’re sort of more ripped-from-the-headlines type stuff, so the first year the villain, or I don’t know what you want to call it, is it’s taking on ISIS for sure.”
Earlier this month, Amazon greenlit the 10-episode series “Tom Clancy‘s Jack Ryan” from Paramount and Skydance Television, starring Krasinski as the famous fictional CIA agent. However, the actor revealed that the show should be considered more so a movie “that’s being told in 10 parts” due to the film’s budget.
“I think that they’re not even really considering it a TV show, they’re calling it a movie that’s being told in 10 parts; and that’s not just an argument of semantics, it’s actually true,” he said. “Carlton Cuse‘s whole plan is we’re gonna shoot it on a movie budget, we’re gonna have the same stunts as movies, it’s gonna feel like a movie, but you’re gonna watch it every week.”
The series follows Ryan as he uncovers a pattern in terrorist communication that thrusts him into the center of a dangerous gambit with a new breed of terrorism that threatens destruction on a global scale.
Krasinski said that production is set to begin in January, with filming taking place in various locations around the world. When asked whether he would direct any part of “Jack Ryan,” the 36-year-old said he is focusing on starring on and producing the show.
Cuse (“Lost,” “Bates Motel”) and Graham Roland (Almost Human), who wrote the pilot based on a story he and Cuse developed, will also executive produce.