Christopher McQuarrie Bringing Jack Reacher to the Big Screen


Is Lee Child’s Jack Reacher finally going to punch and badass his way to the big screen? Possibly, if Christopher McQuarrie and Paramount have their way. The writer/director of “The Unusual Suspects” and “Persons Unknown” has boarded the studio’s “One Shot”, a big-screen adaptation of Child’s novel of the same name. “One Shot” is the ninth in the series, which means it’s one of the installments I haven’t gotten to yet, though that’s likely to change now that I know “One Shot” will be the first of what the studio is no doubt hoping will be a launching pad for a Jack Reacher franchise.

The hero of “One Shot” is Jack Reacher, an ex-military policeman who spends his time wandering the byroads and backroads of America after leaving the Army. Since that in itself would make a boring novel, the laconic and slightly hobo-ish Reacher finds himself in the thick of some dangerous situation that, invariably, involves him busting heads and not taking names with swift efficiency in the name of justice. Reacher is definitely not like a lot of big screen heroes you’ve seen before — he doesn’t own a home, has no bills, no job, no living relative that he knows of, and instead of lugging around clothes or laundering them when they get dirty, he just buys cheap new ones and moves on. And oh yeah, he’s real smart, and big, and did I mention he’s a one-man wrecking crew?

In “One Shot”, Reacher becomes involved when an ex-sniper shoots up some civilians and sends for him. The villains are Russian types, but again, I haven’t read the book yet, so I really can’t say. If you’re wondering if it’s wise to jump-start a franchise with the ninth novel in a long established series, it probably doesn’t really matter, because Lee Child’s novels are pretty self-contained entries, and even when characters from past novels show up, the author rarely bothers to link them with a previous book.

Besides writing and adapting “One Shot”, McQuarrie is also eyeing the director’s chair, which would make the film his first since 2000’s excellent and criminally under-appreciated “Way of the Gun”.

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  • Anthony

    The only one that can handle the “Jack Reacher image” is Law and Order’s Criminal Intent Vincent D’Onofrio (Detective Robert Goren). He’s big, tough and grisly with that unshaven look. He would be G R E A T.

  • Anthony

    The only one that can handle the “Jack Reacher image” is Law and Order’s Criminal Intent Vincent D’Onofrio (Detective Robert Goren). He’s big, tough and grisly with that unshaven look. He would be G R E A T.

  • Shadow0109

    I would pick Clancy Brown, Ron Perlman or Adam Baldwin. I hadn’t thought of Tom Selleck at first, but he’s weathered into a great Jack. Mark Harmon if he weren’t so “small” and if they play it loose on race, Michael Clarke Duncan.

  • reacherfan

    I’d put in a vote for Jeffrey Dean Morgan, he’s not quite so tall, but he looks the part that I’d imagine Reacher looks like. And as he proved as the Comedian, he can kick some butt!

  • Dhutch79

    It’s gotta be Hugh Jackman, with an american accent of course. He probably isn’t tall enough but he has the right physique i think

  • Klaurent1942

    how about liam neeson (spell?)


  • Parker

    Ok, I think I have found him. First let me say this…. Reacher has to have all of he following traits and not let any of them over shadow the others.
    1. Tall
    2. Strong build
    3. Handsome – But not a pretty boy***this is key to believing his storyline
    4. Everyman character – memorable and forgettable all at once

    Holt McCallany

  • gloria

    how about leam neiseen???

  • KAP

    Ray Stevenson, 6’4″; Joe Manganiello, 6’5″; Ken Kirzinger, 6’5″. To name a few.

  • Gypsy Mann

    ANYONE but Tom Cruise!

    • Luv2Canu

      Don’t you know it! I’m sorry, but Tom Cruise is too small, too pretty. NOT Jack Reacher.