Amazon Studios announced that it has renewed its original TV series Jack Ryan for a third season. No, you’re not forgetting Season 2—it hasn’t even aired yet. Amazon actually renewed the spy-thriller series for a second season before its first season debuted, no doubt wanting to lock up star John Krasinski before his busy schedule got in the way. That could certainly be the case again here, although Season 2 is in the can so Amazon knows how the second outing of the series turned out, and must be pleased.
The series is, of course, based on the Tom Clancy character of the same name, who appeared in a series of novels that have been mined for film adaptations over the years. Krasinski steps into shoes previously worn by Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, and Chris Pine in earlier adaptations, but the Jack Ryan TV series differs from those films in that it’s not based on existing Tom Clancy books. Instead, showrunners Carlton Cuse (Lost) and Graham Roland (Fringe) have concocted new scenarios inspired by the books that have more of a modern context for Jack Ryan.
I found the show’s first season to be a really fun, cinematic ride. Each episode almost played like a mini Jack Ryan movie, and Krasinski did a swell job of stepping into the role. Moreover, casting Wendell Pierce as Ryan’s supervisor James Greer was an inspired decision, and I like his chemistry with Krasinski. So yeah, I’m looking forward to Season 2.
The second season of the show shot in a variety of locations last summer but was primarily based in South Africa. A premiere date has not yet been set, but it’s expected to debut sometime this year.
As for when Jack Ryan Season 3 filming will begin, it’s unclear. Krasinski is currently writing the sequel to A Quiet Place and may or may not direct it, and he’s developing a few other features to direct as well. He’s a busy guy, and that’s before you consider he’s the lead on a big-budget TV series, so it’ll be interesting to see if Season 3 gets a bit of a delay so Krasinski can shoot another movie in between seasons.
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