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'Jack Ryan' TV Reboot Gets a Release Date in Super Bowl Ad

Amazon Prime ran a Super Bowl ad for their upcoming series based on Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan novels and the bad news is that everyone will have to wait until August 2018 to watch the show. (Contrast: Netflix announced "The Cloverfield Paradox" with a surprise ad in the 1st quarter and the movie was online before 11pm ET.)

So what did Clancy fans get with this latest preview? Well, there's narration cobbled together from speeches by presidents John F. Kennedy, Bill Clinton, Donald J. Trump, George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Ronald Reagan. There's a soundtrack featuring the Ed Sheeran singing parts from that weird Devlin cover of Bob Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower" that's most definitely inspired by the (definitive) Jimi Hendrix version. They did cut all the Devlin rapping so as not to scare the Tom Clancy fans.

John Krasinki ("13 Hours," "The Office") stars as Jack Ryan. The series also stars Wendell Pierce ("The Wire," "Treme") as James Greer and Abbie Cornish ("Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri," "Seven Psychopaths") as Cathy Mueller. Morten Tyldum ("The Imitation Game," "Passengers") directed the first episode, Carlton Cuse ("Lost") is the showrunner and Michael Bay is a series executive producer.

The series seems to update Jack Ryan for the War on Terror era and, once again, takes him back to the start and shows his transformation from desk-bound analyst to in-the-field badass.

 

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