Here are two TV spots for the Tom Cruise vehicle Jack Reacher, in which Cruise plays the ex-MP wanderer of the film’s title. Created by author Lee Child, Jack Reacher is a character who lives in more than a dozen novels full of violence and danger. And while the trailers for the film, and these spots, demonstrate that the violence is indeed a part of the big-screen incarnation, they also suggest that it is a bit less dangerous.

But at least director Werner Herzog plays the bad guy, and the first of two spots below will give you just a bit of a taste of his approach, in case you missed him in the last theatrical trailer.  Read More »

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Most people have been focused on the big thing that changed as the character Jack Reacher moved from the page to the screen: Jack Reacher is no longer big thing, as he’s played by Tom Cruise. The character is written as a hulk of a man, an ex-MP who wanders America and has violent adventures which he survives thanks to a well-honed and tactical approach to confrontation.

The film Jack Reacher, based on the book One Shot, in which Reacher investigates a series of sniper killings in a mid-size city, also features a lot of the small changes that are inevitable in a novel-to-film transition. There’s a move to a more overt sort of action, and a few plot changes, which are hinted at in the new trailer below. There’s even a weird but neat “Spider-Man in New York” sort of moment, where a crowd helps Reacher evade the police.

The movie is from writer/director Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects) and co-stars Rosamund Pike and Robert Duvall. Oh, and director Werner Herzog plays the bad guy. Until the new trailer we haven’t seen anything of Herzog as he looks in the film, so this is your first chance to see what he’s done with the part.  Read More »

Franchises return, franchises go away and franchises start a new in today’s Sequel Bits.

  • James Cameron might add Chinese Na’vi to Avatar 2.
  • The said to be soon-retired Jackie Chan might make Police Story 2013.
  • A major party scene in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will film in Atlanta.
  • Charlie Sheen and Lindsay Lohan share a bed in the first still from Scary Movie 5.
  • Paramount is hoping Tom Cruise‘s Jack Reacher will start its own franchise, and mark the beginning of a franchise focus at the studio.
  • Producer Avi Lerner keep mentioning names he wants for The Expendables 3: Clint Eastwood, Harrison Ford, the return of Mickey Rourke etc.
  • A sequel to 28 Days Later and 28 Weeks Later, 28 Months Later, no longer looks likely.

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We’ve got a lot of new images today, and the first two are new looks at characters in Paramount’s pair of upcoming Jack movies — Jack Ryan and Jack Reacher. (Which tough guy will blink and allow a title change first?) Both images show new looks at supporting characters, but in the case of Jack Ryan, the focus is also on the director, and in the case of Jack Reacher, there’s a look at Reacher’s ultimate creator, too.

Plus, there are shots from To the Wonder, Broken City, Grand Piano, and The American Scream, all after the break. Read More »

Over the weekend we saw a low-quality Russian-dubbed version of the trailer for Christopher McQuarrie‘s film Jack Reacher in which Tom Cruise plays a serious hardass ex-MP drawn into what seems like an open-and-shut sniper killing. Now the real thing has arrived, and it clears up a couple things. One is that the color palette of the film is nowhere near as dingy as the last look suggested. (We can now see the detail of Reacher’s scars shown as he’s dressing at the opening.) It also begs the question of how well Cruise and the script are really going to mesh with expectations fans have for the character, but I can wait for the full film to figure that out.

Otherwise it’s the same trailer, opening with a small monologue from the guy who is arrested for the crime that sets the story in motion, and ending with Reacher demonstrating to a few local tough guys that they aren’t nearly as hard as they want to be. Check it out below. Read More »

A Russian version of the teaser trailer for Christopher McQuarrie‘s Jack Reacher has come online, and it marks the first good look most of us have had at the film. Tom Cruise stars as Lee Child‘s fan-favorite hero Jack Reacher. He’s a former military policeman who lives out his post-Army career as an itinerant who has a tendency to get drawn into violent, weird situations as he explores America.

This film is an adaptation of the novel One Shot, in which a sniper kills a handful of people in a midwestern American city, and while in police custody has only one request: “get me Jack Reacher.”

While there was no shortage of consternation over the casting of Cruise as Reacher, who in Child’s novels is described as a hulk of a man, the weirdest thing here might be the car-centric editing of the trailer. Those familiar with the Reacher novels know the character isn’t really car-oriented. The whole car thing, combined with the dingy, moody visuals, help suggest overtones of Drive. It’s an interesting ad angle to take.

I’m looking forward to really seeing how the film turned out, but in the meantime check out the Russian trailer below. Sadly, there is no view of Werner Herzog, who plays the villain. Read More »

Below is a new look at Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher, the title character of Christopher McQuarrie‘s upcoming Paramount film. It’s an old trick to say that Cruise just looks like Cruise here, because of course he does — that’s the whole point of hiring someone at his level of fame, especially to anchor an action thriller.

The film Jack Reacher adapts Lee Child‘s novel One Shot, in which the presence of itinerant former military policeman Jack Reacher is requested by a man accused of killing several people at random with a sniper rifle. The weird thing is: Reacher once arrested the same guy, a former serviceman, for another crime, and so he can’t figure out why the guy now seems to want his help. The film also features a supporting cast with some attention-getting names: Werner Herzog as the villain, and Rosamund Pike, Robert Duvall, Richard Jenkins and Michael Raymond-James (so good in Terriers) in other roles.

Check out the first real image of Cruise as Reacher below. Read More »

This became apparent last week when images of studio ad banners (seen above and below) started to come out of Cannes, but now the change is official: Paramount has changed the name of Christopher McQuarrie‘s new Tom Cruise action/thriller from One Shot to Jack Reacher.

The film is an adaptation of Lee Child‘s novel One Shot. It stars Cruise as Child’s persistent hero Jack Reacher, a former Army MP who wanders the US, finding one unlikely and typically violent adventure after another. One Shot is the ninth Reacher book, and the name change is very likely meant to draw in potential viewers who’ve read one of the Reacher adventures, but might not spark to the specific title of this source novel. Read More »

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