British author Lee Child says in a new interview with BBC Radio Manchester that a Jack Reacher TV series is in the works without Tom Cruise, who starred in two feature films based on the character. Child’s Jack Reacher character has appeared in 22 novels.
In the books, Reacher is described as 6 foot, 5 inches tall. “Cruise, for all his talent, didn’t have that physicality,” Child said, adding that he expected the Jack Reacher TV series to go to a streaming service. “I really enjoyed working with 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.”
Child continued: “The idea is that when Reacher walks into a room, you’re all a little nervous just for that first minute. And 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.”
Paramount Pictures released the first Jack Reacher movie, written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie, in 2012 and it earned $218.3 million at the global box office. The Edward Zwick-directed second film, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, grossed $162.1 million at the worldwide box office in 2016.
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