As is so often the case, rumors of a franchise continuation for the Tom Cruise-starring Jack Reacher began to circulate before the film even hit theaters last year, though the film’s eventual inability to really crack with audiences and critics alike tacked a big old question mark on sequel chatter. Question no more, fans of Cruise and Lee Child’s ticked off ex-military man, as Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions are now getting a move on when it comes to a new Reacher picture.
Deadline reports that Paramount is looking to “fast track” the film, though not so fast that it will made before Cruise gets to work on his other big action franchise, as he still has a fifth Mission: Impossible feature to film.
Despite having a large catalogue of Child-penned Reacher material to pick from, it seems that this film be based on a very new book, “Never Go Back,” which only hit shelves this fall. The plotline does, however, sound like pure Reacher, as Deadline shares: “In it, Reacher heads back to his old military base in Virginia to take a woman to dinner who is now the commanding officer. By the time he gets there, she has been arrested, and Reacher finds himself being charged with pummeling one guy and fathering a child with a woman. He can’t remember either transgression but gets to the bottom of it with cunning and sometimes brute force.” Oh, Jack Reacher, you charmer.
Cruise’s involvement is basically assumed at this point, but the film is in need of a couple of other things – like a writer and director. Deadline reports that the studio is looking for writer(s) now, as the first film was adapted by director Christopher McQuarrie, who is also busy readying the next Mission: Impossible film with Cruise (which he will direct). The studio is also hoping that McQuarrie will at least return to direct, and considering how strong his professional bond with Cruise appears to be (he also wrote Cruise’s upcoming Edge of Tomorrow), that seems like a safe bet.
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