Amazon announced it has entered into a three-year first-look TV deal with John Krasinski. A first-look deal generally gives a studio the right to consider production or distribution participation in a creator's projects before he/she can take them to another studio. In this case, Krasinski will be working with his Sunday Night production banner to develop television series for Amazon Prime Video. Also included in the union are Krasinski's partner Allyson Seeger and the company's development executive Alexa Ginsburg. The Head of Amazon Studios, Jennifer Salke had this to say about the Jack Ryan star.
"With his incredible authenticity and versatility, John Krasinski has brought to life some of entertainment's most recognizable roles, including our own hero Jack Ryan. John's talents extend behind the screen as a prolific writer, director and producer with a keen eye for creating original characters and stories with global appeal. We welcome John, Allyson, Alexa and the rest of the Sunday Night team to the family and can't wait to see what they bring to our Amazon Prime Video customers all over the world."
Krasinski is most known for his role on the U.S. version of The Office starring Steve Carrell, but he has been making headlines as a writer and a director. Critics hailed his recent horror film A Quiet Place starring him and his wife, Emily Blunt (Mary Poppins), which also grossed nearly $341 million worldwide. Krasinski directed and co-wrote the mostly silent film along with Bryan Woods and Scott Beck. The film's sequel A Quiet Place 2 will feature Blunt and Cillian Murphy (Peaky Blinders) in the lead roles with Krasinski at the helm as writer and director. It is expected to hit theaters sometime in March 2020.
Aside from big screen success, Krasinski will remain at Amazon Studios for Jack Ryan Season 2 as star and executive producer. The action series is also produced by Amazon Studios, Paramount Television and Skydance Television. The actor turned filmmaker is looking forward to expanding his partnership with the media conglomerate, telling Deadline.
"Everyone at Sunday Night is very excited to continue our partnership with Amazon Studios. Jen has been a friend and collaborator since back in my 'Office' days and her vision and expectation for what she wants Amazon Studios to become is exactly where we want to be."
No word yet on exactly what direction the studio intends to take. Amazon Prime's most recent announcements are eclectic. The irreverent twist on superheroes show, The Boys, has been renewed for a second season before the first one even airs on July 26. A recent teaser dropped for Carnival Row shows a bold "neo-noir fantasy". A Dark Tower TV show has begun shooting, while fans are still waiting for more casting announcements for The Lord of the Rings series currently in pre-production. As they cancel Sneaky Pete and The Tick, Amazon seems to be making a major shift toward epic, but that's just speculation. We can't wait to see whether we get another lovable Jim Halpert or a tragic Lee Abbott in Krasinski's next project. Check back with us for all of your Amazon Prime news.
This story comes to us by way of Deadline.