Why McQuarrie Can’t Helm “Jack Reacher 2”

In late 2012, the Tom Cruise-led film adaptation of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher scored solid reviews and a soft $80 million domestic box-office along with a further $138 million overseas.

Christopher McQuarrie penned and directed that adaptation based on the tenth Reacher novel “One Shot,” and it has subsequently had a strong life on disc, VOD and cable – so much so that a sequel based on the novel “Never Go Back” was greenlit.

One surprise though came in May when it was announced that McQuarrie was out and Cruise’s “The Last Samurai” director Ed Zwick and writer Marshall Herskovitz would take over the follow-up from Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions. McQuarrie is remaining onboard though as executive producer.

Out doing promotion for “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” which he penned and directed, McQuarrie revealed that he couldn’t return to do the second “Jack Reacher” due to his commitments to ‘Rogue Nation’. He tells Cinema Blend:

“They needed to start [Jack Reacher 2], and I was [still] shooting this movie, so there was just no time to do it. And they have a really good team working on this new one. I’m very excited about it.”

Cruise is currently finishing up work on the Doug Liman drug thriller “Mena” and is expected to jump over to the “Jack Reacher” sequel as soon as that movie wraps, though the “Top Gun” sequel is also in the works and might end up going first.