Christopher McQuarrie and Ed Zwick’s ‘Jack Reacher’ franchise is to be rebooted, but this time taking its adventures to the small screen.
During an interview with BBC Radio, ‘Jack Reacher’ author, Lee Child, revealed that he had just completed a deal to bring the stories to life for a streaming service. He also went on to confirm that Tom Cruise will not be reprising his role to the delight of fans of the series due to Reacher being a tall, blond and muscular man.
“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.”
McQuarrie’s wrote and directed the 2012 adaptation of Child’s One Shot with Cruise in the lead. Cruise reprised the role again in 2016 in ‘Jack Reacher: Never Go Back’ which was written and directed by Zwick.