'Jack Ryan': Phil Abraham to direct the first two episodes of Season 1
The 'Daredevil' has boarded the flight to set Jack Ryan on his mission to save the world from terrorist encounters.
Phil Abraham is on board as the executive producer of Amazon's straight to series adaptation of Tom Clancy's 'Jack Ryan'; he will also be directing the first two episodes of the show, reported Deadline. Abraham, best known for his work in the pilots for 'Mad Men,' Netflix's 'Daredevil' and National Geographic's 'The Long Road Home,' is next in line after directors like John McTiernan ('The Hunt for Red October') and Phillip Noyce ('Patriot Games') to put a new face on the baby-faced CIA agent/analyst, Jack Ryan.
The plotline of the series, coming from showrunners Carlton Cuse ('Lost') and Graham Roland ('Fringe'), revolves around the titular character, who is pulled out of his job as an analyst behind the desk and is taken to the field where his intellect is put through some actual tests. As he discovers a string of fraud bank transfers, his quest to solve the puzzle takes him on a journey across Europe and the Middle East. Ryan also encounters a few terrorist threats who claim to attack the US. The show will reinvent the Tom Clancy hero with a modern sensibility.
In the second season that Amazon has confirmed way ahead of Season 1 premiere, the CIA agent/analyst will probably confront the terrorist forces in a democratic regime in South America.
In a new behind-the-scenes featurette, John Krasinski who will play the role of Ryan explained that the show was authentic in its projection of CIA workings as the series makers had consulted the intelligence community and military to create real-world conditions.
"The authenticity of the show, I think, is paramount. You meet Jack when he’s just beginning at the CIA working on different files and leads, and then he comes across this terror organization, and this opens Jack up into this whole new world.” Ryan's character has been previously played by Alec Baldwin ('The Hunt for Red October'), Harrison Ford ('Patriot Games'), Ben Affleck ('The Sum of All Fears'), and Chris Pine ('Shadow Recruit').
Following Krasinski, the second season will see Jovan Adepo ('The Leftovers'), Jordi Molla ('Genius') and Cristina Umaña ('Narcos') and Francisco Denis as series regulars, along with Noomi Rapace ('The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo'), Michael Kelly ('House of Cards') and John Hoogenakker ('Colony'). The show is a co-production of Paramount Television, Skydance Media, and Platinum Dunes. The 10-episode long first season is scheduled to premiere on Amazon on August 31.
Watch the official trailer for Season 1 below: