It’s Official: Tom Cruise is Jack Reacher in One Shot

Outspoken hardcore fans of author Lee Child’s Jack Reacher novels were undoubtedly holding out hope that maybe, just maybe, something would happen that would prevent Tom Cruise from playing their beloved Jack Reacher in the movie adaptation of Child’s “One Shot”, as previously reported here. Sorry, fans, because it looks like the deal is done and it’s now official: Tom Cruise is Jack Reacher for Paramount Pictures’ adaptation of the bestselling novel.

Christopher McQuarrie, who adapted the novel, will also direct.

While many will debate the appropriateness of casting Cruise as Reacher from here to eternity, I’m just excited to see McQuarrie back behind the camera. The last film the “Usual Suspects” scribe directed was also his directorial debut, 2000′s criminally underappreciated crime/action film “Way of the Gun”. If you’ve never seen it, go grab it now. In my opinion, it’s one of the best crime films of all time.

In “One Shot”, former military MP Jack Reacher is called back into service when a lone sniper kills a half dozen people in a small American city. Upon arriving on the scene, the smart and tough Reacher discovers that more may be going on than meets the eye. As the villains start stacking up to battle our hero, so too do the bodies.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: choosing “One Shot” to introduce an audience to Jack Reacher is very strange. There are over a dozen titles in Lee’s series of novels, and anyone of them would be a much better choice. So why “One Shot”? I haven’t a clue.



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  • http://www.grifiti.com Tin Hoang

    Not sure that any one book is better than another to introduce Jack Reacher. It all starts with him hitch hiking somewhere and him explaining that he was an ex-MP downsized out of the military.

    I think it’s the sniper plot line that they like.

    And possibly, they aren’t thinking about doing a whole lot of these, otherwise they would have started with the first book, instead of one later in the series.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

      Yeah, but the sniper plot also gets you into the Gulf War backstory, and that’s not going to go over well with Middle America whatsoever. Unless of course they decide to cut that part out…

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

      Yeah, but the sniper plot also gets you into the Gulf War backstory, and that’s not going to go over well with Middle America whatsoever. Unless of course they decide to cut that part out…

      • http://www.grifiti.com Tin Hoang

        At the moment, i’m happy to see a Reacher book make it to the big screen. If it blows, especially with Cruise starring, they could give it a reboot with one of the starter books.

  • kate

    I LOVE Tom Cruise!!! But I don’t love him as 6 foot-something, ex-military, Jack Reacher :(

  • kate

    I LOVE Tom Cruise!!! But I don’t love him as 6 foot-something, ex-military, Jack Reacher :(

  • Mike

    It is impossible for Tom Cruise to do a good Jack Reacher.