The world of Jack Ryan is coming to the small screen in 2018, and it’s going to look a little different from the movies that came before it.
On Saturday (Oct. 7), the cast and creators of Jack Ryan the TV series — including John Krasinski, who plays lead Jack Ryan; Abbie Cornish, who has been cast as Dr. Cathy Mueller; and showrunner Carlton Cuse and writer Graham Roland — attended New York Comic-Con where they dished about their spin on the stories originally made famous by author Tom Clancy.
While there have been five feature films based on the novels thus far — including, most recently, 2014’s Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit starring Chris Pine — the TV version will have some key differences.
The biggest change from the books and corresponding films is the timing. The creators revealed that the show will be more of an origin story, so fans will meet the characters in a different place in their lives than they’ve seen them before.
“This is an early version of Jack Ryan,” Cuse told the panel via Entertainment Weekly. “He’s only worked at the CIA for four years. He’s a really successful analyst, but in our story, he gets his first experience in the field, and we get to see how that works out for him.”
Cuse also explained that while the character of James Greer is a high ranking CIA member in the books and movies, in the TV version, he will be seen as Jack’s immediate boss.
In other words, though fans may know Jack Ryan as an established CIA analyst from Clancy’s novels and the corresponding feature films — including The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, The Sum of All Fears, and more — this series will have him discovering himself and figuring out life in the early days of his career.
Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan will debut with an eight-episode season on Amazon Prime sometime in 2018.
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