Jack Reacher might be heading for television, as Lee Child, the writer of the book series has said that there’s a deal in place to turn his novels into a TV series.
Child also confirmed that there will be no more films with Tom Cruise, and the Hollywood actor will not star in the potential series.
The films, released in 2012 and 2016, starring Cruise were produced by Skydance and distributed by Paramount, and Deadline has learned that the potential series will be co-produced by Skydance Television and Paramount Television, with Skydance ultimately taking the lead. In Child’s opinion, the series is a chance to find a leading man who is somewhat more befitting of the imposing, burly Reacher that he created in the novel series.
Sources have said that the project is still in the early days, with the producers still working out what the next chapter in the franchise should be.
Skydance and Paramount have recently teamed up to reboot the Jack Ryan series for TV, with massive success, so they are certainly in a position to pull off the film-to-television transition of Jack Reacher.
Child, the writer of 23 Reacher novels, praised Cruise’s acting talent in an interview on BBC Radio Manchester, but did note that the actor’s physicality was wrong for the part, and threw off many of his readers who saw the films.
The writer explained, “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… 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.”
More news on the Jack Reacher series when we have it.