Mission Possible: Tom Cruise Brings 'Jack Reacher' To the Big Screen
'Jack Reacher' is based on 'One Shot'
Jack Reacher's literary Father, Lee Child
He’s six foot five inches tall and weighs about 250 pounds.
He was trained by the United States Army to be a one man demolition team
He’s Jack Reacher, the star of 16 best selling thriller novels by Lee Child.
Until now, Reacher has been known only to Child’s readers. Although that number is well into the millions, Reacher soon will be known to hundreds of millions throughout the world.
Child’s novel ‘One Shot’ has been made into a major motion picture that will be released around Christmas time. Instead of being titled after the name of the book, the producers are calling the film “Jack Reacher” because they expect the name will become a recognizable franchise much like Batman or James Bond.
Jack Reacher shot to fame in Lee Child’s first work, “The Killing Floor”.
We learn early on in the book that Reacher was an elite army cop for over a dozen years. Some shadowy situation resulted in him leaving the service to begin the life of a drifter wandering the 48 connected states.
He owns no clothing other than what he wears and carries nothing with him but a folding toothbrush and a wad of cash that he replenishes as he needs to from a stash in a far off bank.
After three or four days, maybe a week, he buys a new shirt, pants, socks and underwear and puts them on, throwing away the old set.
“It’s cheaper than owning a house, car, suitcase and such,” he explains to the many women who are attracted to him.
Reacher sets out for a small town in Georgia, because he heard from his brother that Blind Blake once lived there. Reacher likes the “Blues” and has an extensive music collection that he keeps in his head. He can select a cut and listen to it in the same way normal people listen on their radios or I pods.
Reacher also keeps a clock in his head, which is always accurate to the second. He has the ability to set it just like an alarm clock.
Reacher enters the small town on the day a citizen was murdered. Being the only stranger in town, he’s jailed. This sets off a blazing chain of events that involves several more murders and a huge counterfeiting operation that Reacher has to single-handedly try to destroy.
Along the way, Reacher finds the identity of the first murder victim - it’s his only brother.
In the forthcoming movie “Jack Reacher” (One Shot): a lone gunman enters a parking garage in a small Indiana city and begins firing into a crowded public plaza, killing five people with six shots.
The gunman makes an unfettered escape, but copious evidence leads police to arrest James Barr, a former infantry sniper. Barr’s prints were on a shell case.
Barr will say only ten words to the police.
“You’ve got the wrong guy! Get Jack Reacher for me!”
Reacher is 1500 miles away living his nomadic wandering life, but sees a news report on television about Barr.” He immediately decides to go to Indiana - not to help Barr, but to make sure he is found guilty.
When Reacher was a Major and an MP, he investigated a case in which Barr had murdered four people in a killing spree in Kuwait City. Complicated military politics and a technicality resulted in Barr being released.
Reacher is convinced Barr is guilty but when he arrives in Indiana things don’t add up. One tiny clue ends up opening a whole new line of investigation. It was ‘one shot‘. The killer fired six times but killed only five people. Reacher tracked down records of Barr’s shooting scores for the army. . Barr never missed his targets! It began to look as though he was set up.
This puts the one man army, Jack Reacher, in motion to tackle a worldwide criminal organization.
Paramount bought the rights to ‘One Shot’ and began a long search for an actor to play Jack Reacher. They were unable to find anyone six foot five inches tall who could play the part to their satisfaction, so they decided to cast Tom Cruise.
Cruise, who headed the successful ‘Mission Impossible’ films, is 5’8” tall - almost a foot shorter than Jack Reacher.
Reacher’s creator, Lee Child, spoke about the issue. He said that Jack Reacher is written as an unstoppable force and Tom Cruise can bring that feeling to the part. Child said that a taller actor might have 100 per cent of the height, but only 90 per cent of Reacher.
“Tom Cruise has 90 per cent of the height and 100 per cent of Jack Reacher,” said Child.
Others in the cast include Rosamund Pike as Barr’s lawyer. Robert Duvall is a former marine who owns the shooting range where Barr regularly practiced his marksmanship.
If Jack Reacher (One Shot) succeeds as Paramount believes it will, you can expect one new Jack Reacher film a year for at least the next 16 years - 16 is the number of Reacher novels published so far.