Tradecraft: Tom Clancy Developing Cable Spy Drama
Variety and The Hollywood Reporter both report that Tom Clancy is developing—or at least lending his name to—a new spy drama for cable network TNT. According to Variety, Tom Clancy's Homeland Security "pits a select team of domestic intelligence operatives against all enemies, both within the country and outside." If The Hollywood Reporter's wording is to be believed, the bestselling author of the Jack Ryan novels will actually co-write the pilot as well as lend his name to it—which some fans believe is more than he did on his latest novel. He'll script the pilot along with Javier Grillo-Marxuach (The Middleman, Lost) and and Chris George. Clancy and Grillo-Marxuach will also executive produce along with Mike Ovitz. While many of Clancy's books have been turned into movies (and another Jack Ryan film, not based on a book, is still in active—if seemingly interminable—development), the author's only previous forays into television were the 1995 miniseries Op Center and a 1999 miniseries starring Scott Bakula based on the first book in the Net Force series that Clancy created.