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 »

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I got a little excited when I clicked open the source article that tells me Christopher McQuarrie has been hired to rework and possibly direct One Shot, based on the Lee Child novel of the same name. I love Child’s novels, which follow ex-military policeman Jack Reacher as he drifts across America. They’re perfect escapist entertainment: smart, taut and blessed with some fantastic action setpieces. (Thanks to CHUD’s Nick Nunziata for turning me on to the books many years ago.)

It’s inevitable that one of the books will become a movie eventually. I’d just like to see it be a good one. This could be the way. Read More »

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