Originally called “One Shot”, the first Tom Cruise adaptation of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series of books has now been officially titled simply, “Jack Reacher”. Written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie (of “The Usual Suspects” and “Way of the Gun” fame), “One Shot” was also the original title of the Child book from which the movie will be based.
The now-titled “Jack Reacher” would find Cruise playing former military investigator turned homeless paladin Jack Reacher righting wrongs one body at a time in the case of a crazed sniper from his past. Along the way, he finds himself in the middle of local city politics, a fight between a father and daughter, and the remnants of a deadly European gang led by The Zec (to be played by filmmaker Werner Herzog).
Anyone who has read the Child books will realize that starting off the Jack Reacher adaptations with “One Shot” is a rather odd choice. The book doesn’t really dig into the character’s past whatsoever, and it has a very negative military angle about it that probably won’t play very well in today’s patriotic climate.
“Jack Reacher” will co-star Rosamund Pike as Cruise’s love interest, along with Robert Duvall, Jai Courtney, Richard Jenkins, David Oyelowo, and Alexia Fast.
Reacher seeks justice this December 21, 2012.