A few years ago, we found out that Dwayne Johnson made a run at playing Jack Reacher in the Paramount Pictures adaptation of the recurring character from Lee Child‘s novels. Unfortunately, he got passed over for Tom Cruise, which felt a little weird since the character is supposed to be tall and buff, pretty much just like the wrestler formerly known as The Rock. Thankfully, it was a blessing in disguise, because it allowed Johnson to land a part in Fast Five, and it took his career to incredible new heights.

Below, get a little hindsight about the missed opportunity of Dwayne Johnson playing Jack Reacher from the actor himself. Read More »

Jack Reacher Never Go Back - Tom Cruise

Amazon confirmed they have greenlit a streaming series based on Lee Child’s Jack Reacher books today in their Television Critics Association presentation. The series has been in development with Skydance and Paramount, the producers of the two Jack Reacher films starring Tom Cruise. 

Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios, answered questions about the potential casting of Jack Reacher, and announced the team developing the show. A press release sent out during the panel confirmed which Child book would be the basis for a first season.

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Amazon wants more shows about dudes named Jack. The media company, which already has Jack Ryan to their name, just won the rights to develop a Jack Reacher TV series. The series will adapt the still-going book series from Lee Child. Child’s work was previously adapted into two films starring Tom Cruise, but you can safely assume Cruise won’t be the lead in the new Amazon series.

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Did you know that if Tom Cruise stops running, he dies? Well not exactly, but if he runs less, his movies do worse at the box office. Really. It’s science.

A study from the folks at Rotten Tomatoes have figured out that the amount that Cruise runs in his movies correlate with how good the movies are — and how well they do at the box office.

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Here’s a passage from A Wanted Man, where author Lee Child describes the character of Jack Reacher: “He was one of the largest men she had ever seen outside the NFL. He was extremely tall, and extremely broad, and long-armed, and long-legged. The lawn chair was regular size, but it looked tiny under him. It was bent and crushed out of shape. His knuckles were nearly touching the ground. His neck was thick and his hands were the size of dinner plates…A wild man.”

But when it came time to bring the character to the big screen, the lean, short, and far more composed Tom Cruise was cast in the part, leading to much eye-rolling from longtime readers of Child’s novels. In fact, many people wondered why they didn’t just cast Dwayne Johnson. Well, it was on the table: Johnson says he went after the part.

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(Welcome to /Response, the companion piece to our /Answers series and a space where /Film readers can chime in and offer their two cents on a particular question.)

Earlier this week, the /Film team wrote about their favorite car chases in movie history. We then opened the floor to our readers: what is your favorite movie car chase? And you let us know!

We have collected our favorite answers (edited for length and clarity) below. Next week’s question: what is your favorite TV episode of all time? Send your (at least one paragraph, please) answer to slashfilmpitches@gmail.com!

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/Answers: The Greatest Movie Car Chase Scenes

best movie car chases

Every week in /Answers, we attempt to answer a new pop culture-related question. This week’s edition asks “What is your favorite car chase scene in the movies?” As always, we have submissions from the /Film writing crew and podcast team, along with a special guest. This week, we are joined by The Fate of the Furious director F. Gary Gray.

If you’d like to share your favorite movie car chase, please send your thoughts to slashfilmpitches@gmail.com for a chance to be featured on the site. Find our favorite movie car chases below!

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Jack Reacher: Never Go Back Ed Zwick interview

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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Jack Reacher Never Go Back Reviews - Tom Cruise

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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Jack Reacher Never Go Back Trailer

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 »