'Jack Ryan': Amazon series will not feature Ryan's darker alter ego, John Clark

Just when viewers are all set to dive into the origin story of our favorite CIA agent, it has been announced that John Clark will not be a part of the series.


                            'Jack Ryan': Amazon series will not feature Ryan's darker alter ego, John Clark

Although John Krasinski is set to bring the doe-eyed CIA analyst for Amazon's upcoming eight-part series based on Tom Clancy's Ryanverse franchise, it will however not see Jack Ryan's alter ego, John Clark. The character, who has already appeared in several of Clancy's novels, first appeared in 1984's 'The Hunt for Red October' and ever since has had a fan following equal to the protagonist, Jack Ryan. John Terence Clark, originally known as John Terence Kelly, is considered to be Clark's second most popular character after Jack Ryan. Often considered to be serving as a darker alter ego to the protagonist, Clark is a highly decorated former Navy SEAL who resided on an island of his own in the Chesapeake following his wife, Patricia's death, after her car hit at an intersection when a tractor-trailer lost its brakes.

While Clancy is known to portray both Jack and John as two extremely idealized versions of himself, the author mentioned, “Mr. Clark was in Patriot Games, but nobody knew it but me...He was in Cardinal of the Kremlin, he was in Clear and Present Danger, he was in Sum of All Fears. And it was time to explain to the world how he got into the CIA.”

Willem Dafoe as John Clark, alongside Harrison Ford as Jack Ryan, in the 1994 movie 'Clear and Present Danger'. (IMDb)
Willem Dafoe as John Clark, alongside Harrison Ford as Jack Ryan, in the 1994 movie 'Clear and Present Danger'. (IMDb)

Clancy himself has been pretty enthralled with both the characters, although he does consider Jack Ryan to be a new, improved version of himself. However, when it comes to Clark, he said, “Mr. Clark is a little bit different. He’s Ryan’s dark side. He’s more inclined to take physical action than Jack is...He’s a hell of a nice guy but I wouldn’t mess with his wife or kids. ‘Cause God’ll show mercy to you but he wouldn’t. And he knows how not to show mercy.” The character has been previously portrayed by two extremely talented actors: Willem Dafoe in the 1994 Harrison Ford starring 'Clear and Present Danger', and Liev Schreiber in the 2002 Ben Affleck starring 'The Sum of All Fears'. 

However, the charismatic character will not appear in the new Amazon series. According to showrunners, Carlton Cuse and Graham Roland, the character's presence on screen is being prevented due to copyright issues. Cuse told Digital Spy, "No, [he won't be appearing]...He's kind of his own separate thing." To set things in pace, the series will instead introduce the character of Matric (to be played by John Hoogenakker) who is a Black Ops operative for the CIA, and will probably pick up the same role as Clark. Roland insisted, "When you watch your show if you liked Matice, he's our version of that guy [Clark]."

Watch the clip of John Clark from 'The Sum of All Fears' below: