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Lee Child’s JACK REACHER: Tom Cruise’s ONE SHOT Adaptation Gets Retitled
Child endorses Tom Cruise in title role.
It will come to the surprise of nobody that the signing of Tom Cruise to play the lead role in the film adaptation of a long running series of hugely successful novels has studio executives thinking franchise. Lee Child’s Jack Reacher novels are about as successful as books get these days, and it seems reasonable to assume that the powers-that-be at Paramount wouldn’t mind another reliable box office juggernaut in the stable.
In setting the stage for such a financially luscious possibility, Paramount has made the move to change the title of the first film in the likely series from One Shot (adapted from the ninth title in the Reacher series) to simply Jack Reacher, according to Deadline. The film is being directed by Christopher McQuarrie, who also wrote the Cruise starrer Valkyrie, as well as the screenplay for the recently announced Top Gun 2.
The source article makes a point of describing the height discrepancy between the six-feet-five-inch Reacher character, and the diminutive Cruise. It is a legitimate observation, as I also have a difficulty picturing Tom Cruise wandering the countryside roughing people up. At least not in the Reacher mode. Cruise may come across pitch-perfect as a super-spy, but there is something thuggish about Reacher that I don’t see Cruise pulling off.
Then again, I suppose the guy is a professional actor.
Lee Child doesn’t feel the same way I do. Child has made it known that he is fully behind Cruise and his portrayal of Reacher, but if you got him in a headlock (as our own Jimmy Callaway has done previously), I imagine Mr. Child might admit to having something of a vested interest in such a rosy appraisal of Cruise. And if that didn’t work, you could always knock Child out cold and manipulate his jaw and lips manually while utilizing a stock cockney accent for actual confession. That’s how it’s done in Chicago, anyways.
Jack Reacher is due to arrive in theaters in late December. In the meantime, the Complex will have you covered for any breaking developments.