Ritchson told Collider, "I came in, and it was just pages of him unraveling somebody, so I don't get to sit back and relax like I maybe had hoped." The actor admitted that a collaboration between the producers, executives, writers, and directors helped him create his own version of Reacher: "It's like, 'Let's play around. Let's tinker. Let's try him this way. Let's try him your way.'"