Following Christopher McQuarrie’s muscular, underrated and solid 2012 first film and Ed Zwick’s forgettable 2016 follow-up, the “Jack Reacher” franchise is being rebooted for television.
Lee Child, who has penned the two dozen or so Reacher novels to date, tells BBC Radio that he just signed a deal last week to make a Jack Reacher TV series for a streaming service. He then discusses one big change from the films, saying the title character of the series will be a much closer approximation of the book character who is very tall, blond and built like a tank:
“I really enjoyed working with [Tom] Cruise. He’s a really, really nice guy. We had a lot of fun. But ultimately the readers are right. The size of Reacher is really, really important and it’s a big component of who he is. The idea is that when Reacher walks into a room, you’re all a little nervous just for that first minute.
Cruise, for all his talent, didn’t have that physicality. So what I’ve decided to do is – there won’t be any more movies with Tom Cruise. Instead we’re going to take it to Netflix or something like that. Long form streaming television, with a completely new actor. And I want all those readers who were upset about Tom Cruise to help me out – participate in choosing the right actor for the TV series. We’re rebooting and starting over and we’re going to try and find the perfect guy.”
The previous two films, which starred Tom Cruise as Reacher, have grossed $380 million worldwide. They were based on the tenth and eighteenth novels in the series respectively which leaves plenty of material for the show’s producers to mine.