Throughout his career, Tom Cruise has developed strong relationships with some notable filmmakers. From Steven Speilberg, Christopher McQuarrie, Cameron Crowe, to Doug Liman, it’s clear when Cruise connects with a director, he’s going to seek future opportunities and more stories to tell with those people. Another director on that list is Ed Zwick, whom Cruise worked with on The Last Samurai and most recently, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back.
Like the Mission: Impossible franchise, Jack Reacher is maybe now another series where a director can come in and bring their personal touch to the character. Christopher McQuarrie’s Jack Reacher is lean, efficient and runs like clockwork. In McQuarrie’s film, Jack Reacher is already Jack Reacher. He knows who is he is. Reacher asks few questions, and McQuarrie asks even fewer questions about him. In Ed Zwick’s hands, that’s not the Reacher we watch. His portrayal of author Lee Child‘s character is more vulnerable and conflicted.
For a variety of reasons, the sequel is different from its predecessor. We discussed some of these differences with Zwick, in addition to adapting Child’s novel, director Syndey Pollack, Tom Cruise’s deep love for storytelling, and more.
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This weekend brings Tom Cruise back to the big screen in action star mode again with Jack Reacher: Never Go Back hitting theaters. While the first Jack Reacher movie was a surprise throwback of an action movie with an old school tough guy hero in the lead, it sounds like the follow-up has lost some of the magic that made audiences like the cocky, no nonsense character so much the first time around.
In the first Jack Reacher Never Go Back reviews hitting the web today, it appears most of the blame is being put on director Edward Zwick (The Last Samurai), who doesn’t seem to understand what made the title character special. In addition, the sequel suffers from having a forgettable villain. But at the very least, Tom Cruise is still outstanding, and the action sounds like it’s on solid ground as well.
Read a round-up of Jack Reacher Never Go Back reviews below.
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Tom Cruise is back in action this fall with Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. The star of the Mission: Impossible franchise launched another action movie series in 2012 with the first movie based on Lee Child’s recurring character who has been at the center of over 100 million books sold worldwide. It was a simple action flick with a lead character who feels like a throwback to movies from the late ’80s and early ’90s. That didn’t sit well with some audiences, but it worked for me, so I’m happy to see Cruise cracking skulls and kicking ass in the new IMAX trailer teasing the sequel’s release. Read More »
A widely released action movie starring Tom Cruise shouldn’t need people rushing to its defense, but I’ve spent the past four years sticking up for Jack Reacher. Christopher McQuarrie’s cinematic take on Lee Child‘s long-running series of novels about a homeless military police veteran who wanders the country solving problems with both his keen wits and his fists is nothing short of fantastic, an old-school, small-scale thriller that feels like it was made for, well, adults. The action is rough and intimate. The central mystery thoroughly engaging. The characters are rich and often very funny. It even features a brilliantly staged, low-key car chase that puts the bombast of most modern blockbusters to shame. Jack Reacher is the real deal.
As we approach the October release date of the sequel, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, I find myself equally excited and trepidatious in equal measure. Cruise is back, but McQuarrie is not, with Edward Zwick now sitting in the director’s chair. Zwick has made good movies and bad movies, but he’s a solid journeyman when paired with the right material. Is a Jack Reacher sequel the right material? Can a new poster and extended TV spot answer that question?
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Posted on Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016 by Angie Han
Last week we got our first look at Jack Reacher: Never Go Back thanks to Entertainment Tonight. Unfortunately, the video was periodically interrupted by star Cobie Smulders as a talking head. (Don’t blame her, it’s the Entertainment Tonight way.) This week we’ve got the first real, full Jack Reacher: Never Go Back trailer, now with more context, more action, and fewer pointless interjections.
Tom Cruise returns as the stoic vigilante hero, who visits Virginia to meet with the head of his former unit (Smulders) and learns she’s been charged with espionage. Then he discovers he’s a wanted man, too. Oh, and that he might have a daughter he never knew about. Lots of drama for our guy this time around.
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Posted on Wednesday, June 15th, 2016 by Angie Han
Tom Cruise is back in action this fall with Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, the Edward Zwick-directed sequel to Chris McQuarrie’s 2012 film. And our hero hasn’t lost a step. In the first promo from the film, the former military police officer once again finds himself in a sticky situation, and once again kicks, punches, and puzzles his way out of it. Watch the first Jack Reacher: Never Go Back trailer below. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, June 8th, 2016 by Angie Han
Tom Cruise may not be dangling from any skyscrapers or strapping himself to any moving airplanes this year, but we’ll still get to see him back in action later this fall. He’ll return as former military police officer and current professional badass Jack Reacher in Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, based on Lee Child‘s bestselling series of novels. Ed Zwick directs this time, taking over from Chris McQuarrie who helmed 2012’s Jack Reacher. The first Jack Reacher 2 images have just hit the web, and you can get a look below. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, November 17th, 2015 by Angie Han
We’ve got a couple of casting updates, a seemingly cancelled project, and much more. After the jump:
- Jack Reacher: Never Go Back adds Robert Catrini.
- Social Network‘s Abhi Sinha joins Conjuring 2.
- Warner Bros. pulls Project XX from its schedule.
- Peyton Reed imagines a Bring It On sequel.
- Simon Pegg talks about writing Star Trek Beyond.
- Bruce Willis responds to that Die Hard 6 fan pitch.
- No, Daniel Radcliffe won’t be back for Cursed Child.
- The original Aliens comic is getting a fancy deluxe edition.
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You probably don’t know Skydance Productions yet, but you probably should. The company is making a major play to become the next Legendary Pictures or Marvel Entertainment, and they already are making the next installments of a number of major franchises on both the big and small screens. Their portfoilo of brands include Terminator, Star Trek, Mission Impossible, World War Z, Jack Reacher, Top Gun, GI Joe and much more.
When I was in Berlin Germany this past week to cover the Terminator Genisys premiere, I had the amazing opportunity to sit down with Skydance Productions CEO David Ellison and Chief Creative Officer Dana Goldberg to talk about their company and what they are planning for the future. This extensive roundtable interview was conducted over the course of an hour alongside three of my colleagues. Over the course of the interview we talked about a number of topics, including:
- How Skydance Productions came about
- Why they decided to plan a trilogy of new Terminator films before the release of Terminator Genisys
- How will the planned new Terminator tv series connect with the new films, will it be cable or network show?
- Terminator Genisys: Did they ever consider brining back Edward Furlong as John Connor? How did they recreate young Arnold Schwarzenegger? CG vs. Practicle effects in the new film
- What kind of television series are they developing?
- What will the Three Days of the Condor tv series be about?
- Steve Jobs was Ellison’s personal mentor since childhood, find out how Jobs and Pixar influenced the creation of Skydance.
- Star Trek 3: Is the movie going to be titled Star Trek Beyond? When does shooting start and where are they filming? What is director Justin Lin and screenwriter Simon Pegg bringing to the sequel?
- Will they be producing a new Star Trek tv series? What is preventing a new show from happening?
- Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation: The film test screened even higher than Ghost Protocol. How do get insurance for Tom Cruise‘s crazy stunts? How did changing the release date impact getting that movie to the screen? Did Star Wars: Rogue One cause any title drama? Was any of the movie filmed in IMAX?
- Top Gun 2: David Ellison’s history flying aerobatics, What is the sequel about? Will Tom Cruise be in the new film? How will modern technology and 3D change the dogfights?
- Rebecca Ferguson will be a breakout star in MI5 and Skydance is already considering her for another one of their films
- Jack Reacher: Never Go Back: What will the sequel be about?
- How did James Cameron see Terminator Genisys? Was he paid for his endorsement in any way?
- And some brief words on World War Z 2.
All this and more, after the jump.
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Jack Reacher is almost certainly going to find himself alongside a teen girl in his next movie. The first film adaptation of the long-running novel series by Lee Child was only a modest hit, but a sequel is in development based on the 18th Reacher novel, Never Go Back. In that book, Jack Reacher returns to the HQ of his former Army unit, only to find that the current commander has been relieved of her post as Reacher is implicated in an ugly chain of events. And there’s a young woman who could tie to the guy’s past. Now we’ve got a Jack Reacher sequel update: director Christopher McQuarrie probably will not return, and Child talks about the reasons for choosing this particular novel as the source. Read More »