Jack Reacher is officially done with Tom Cruise. Lee Child’s 100 million+ selling Jack Reacher books are set to be adapted into a new TV series at Amazon, which apparently scored the rights in a bidding war.
“Lee Child’s Jack Reacher books series is a global phenomenon with one of entertainment’s most well-known heroes, and a perfect fit for Amazon Studios’ slate of bold, character-driven series,” said Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon Studios in a statement (via Variety). “We look forward to expanding the of the Jack Reacher universe and bringing more thrilling action to our Amazon Prime Video audience.”
Amazon has tapped Nick Santora (Scorpion) to write the series, and be its showrunner, with Jack Reacher and Mission: Impossible – Fallout director Christopher McQuarrie among its executive producers, who also include Don Granger and Scott Sullivan. It’ll form a noted duo of “Jack” projects at Amazon, as Skydance and Paramount Television – responsible for John Krasinski’s Jack Ryan – are also onboard the production.
“Lee Child has created an incredible character and world; it will be the goal of every writer, producer, actor, executive and crew member to capture the essence of Mr. Child’s books – and luckily Lee has been there, and will continue to be there, to help guide us along the way in this series. He is the pulse of Reacher,” Santora said in a statement.
“It’s been great so far, but really, the fun starts here,” Jack Reacher creator Lee Child added. “By now I know these guys, and Reacher is in the perfect hands, believe me.”
Jack Reacher TV Series Cast
Lee Child warned fans that Jack Reacher was heading for television, and not another movie, in 2018.
“Cruise, for all his talent, didn’t have that physicality,” the author told BBC News. “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 “perfect guy” will now be sought to fill Cruise’s well-stacked shoes for the forthcoming Jack Reacher series. Cruise starred as the retired US Army major in two films in 2012 and 2016, with both making a reasonable – if not earth-shattering – chunk of change at the box office.
Jack Reacher TV Series Story
The first season of Jack Reacher will, appropriately enough, be based on the first Jack Reacher novel, The Killing Floor.
More on the Jack Reacher TV series as it arrives.
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