Author Lee Child confirms that a sequel to the 2012 film adaptation of his Jack Reacher novel series is in the works, though the first film’s director Christopher McQuarrie will probably not be returning.
While the tenth book “One-Shot” was the basis of “Jack Reacher,” the upcoming follow-up will be based on the eighteenth novel “Never Go Back”. Child tells Empire that particular book was chosen because of both the young and older female lead characters which could increase the film’s appeal:
“Any of these books, you look at them and say ‘we could do that’, but then you look at it and go, ‘well, how are we going to do it? They’re all very difficult.’ [The character Samantha Dayton] convinced them about which book to make for the next movie. It’s almost a three-hander in terms of audience appeal – you’ve got Reacher, you’ve got the woman sidekick (Major Susan Turner), and then you’ve got this strong teenage girl character which they were very interested in.”
That book follows Reacher returning to his former Army unit’s headquarters where he learns the current female commander has been arrested and he is about to be recalled back into the Army. It’s uncertain if Tom Cruise will return to star, but Child does confirm that “Jack Reacher” writer/director Christopher McQuarrie isn’t returning:
“McQuarrie is going to be in post-production on Mission: Impossible 5. He just physically can’t do it. It’s going to be a new backroom crew, which I think is good. I thought the McQuarrie movie was fantastic, but let’s see someone else’s take on it.”
Child says the script for “Never Go Back” should be turned in shortly. The nineteenth book in the series, “Personal,” just scored a release a few weeks back and Child is already at work on the twentieth book entitled “Make Me”.