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The creators behind Amazon's 'Jack Ryan' update the classic fictional hero for the binge-watch generation

In today's television renaissance, it was only a matter of time before Hollywood's class of movie elite making the leap to the small screen would come to include novel-to-big screen figure Jack Ryan.

Everyone's favorite brainy CIA analyst-turned-action hero from the mind of novelist Tom Clancy has been the centerpiece of a five-film franchise over three decades that has generated more than $378 million at the box office. The flashy roster of stars that have played Ryan includes Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck and Chris Pine.

The binge-watch generation will get a new version of the hero long revered by their parents (and grandparents) when the eight-episode first season of "Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan" premieres Friday on Amazon. Bringing some more grounded relatablity to Ryan's early status as a humdrum government staffer

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