As we know, filmmaker Ed Zwick is taking over for ‘Rogue Nation’ helmer Christopher McQuarrie on the upcoming “Jack Reacher” sequel at Paramount Pictures.
Out doing press for “Pawn Sacrifice” ahead of getting to work filming the ‘Reacher’ follow-up in New Orleans in October, Zwick spoke with Collider and says the new film will follow the books in style in that each of the series entries can be essentially standalone:
“The nice thing about the franchise to me is that it’s almost an anthology. He gets involved in something very different in each of those books with a different cast of character and a different set of circumstances of things that happen to him. I like to think this will satisfy those who really like the character, but they will see him and see this very much as a standalone movie as each of them hopes to be.”
Though the first film did well, it wasn’t until it hit home video and TV that people really found it and it was because of that the follow-up went forward – not because of the recent ‘Rogue Nation’ success:
“The movie performed, but not as well as they hoped, but they found in ancillary markets it performed and just kept on buying it and streaming it and it sort of went through the roof. It had a bit of a long tail. So they were already in the process of – I’d already begun work on this, writing the draft, long before [Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation] came out.”
In terms of the approach, the project will be shot on film and will keep the first’s realistic approach:
“It’s going to be very grounded. The emotions are grounded. The action is grounded. Mission: Impossible 5 is an extraordinary accomplishment of a very particular kind, and I think we would be foolish to try and replicate it for a different genre, so this is going to be itself.”
“Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” is currently targeting a late 2016 release.