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 »

The good news: a film based on one of the great Jack Reacher books by Lee Child is really going to happen, after years and years of development on various titles in the series that will number 16 novels when The Affair is released this fall. The bad news (perhaps): Jack Reacher, written as a six and a half-foot, sandy-haired slab of a man, will definitely be played by Tom Cruise in Christopher McQuarrie‘s One Shot. Read More »

I know that I have always been very publicly in favor of novel to film adaptations that throw out the notion of extreme fidelity to the source. So I don’t really have a leg to stand on in this argument. But if you’re casting Jack Reacher, a French/American ex-military cop who stands 6’5″ and often breezes into any given burg looking like a giant disheveled blond bum, then Tom Cruise is the opposite of the man you should be looking for. And yet that’s what could happen.

Can’t say I’m surprised, though. Several of Lee Child‘s Jack Reacher novels have been optioned, and all have taken their sweet time to the screen in large part because finding the real Jack Reacher is a difficult task. In the novels, almost all of which fall distinctly above the ‘average’ line for pulp thrillers and many of which are damn good, Reacher is written as slightly unbelievable. So casting dis difficult. (The Rock is often mentioned.) But Christopher McQuarrie‘s adaptation of One Shot, which is set up at Paramount, could be the first to hit the screen, in part because of the writer/director’s relationship with Tom Cruise. Read More »