Paramount Pictures has retitled the Tom Cruise action thriller One Shot to Jack Reacher. I thought this might be the case when photos from The Cannes Film Fest showed a banner for the film with the title of Jack Reacher just like the one above. The studio and Cruise are obviously looking to to turn this into a franchise.
The film is being directed by Christopher McQuarrie (The Way of the Gun), and it's based on the Lee Child novels that revolve around a military police officer-turned-drifter named Jack Reacher. One Shot is actually the ninth book in the series and it tells the story of a military sniper accused of murder who seeks Reacher's help.
Fans of the book have a lot of adjusting to do when it comes to Cruise taking on the lead role. After all Reacher is a 6’5″, 250 pound man that can beat the living hell out of the bad guys he comes across. Cruise is the complete opposite of that description. He's short and stalky and towers over no one. But apparently the books' author approved of the casting.
Jack Reacher is scheduled to hit theaters December 21st 2012.
Here is the official description of the book:
Six shots. Five dead. One heartland city thrown into a state of terror. But within hours the cops have it solved: a slam-dunk case. Except for one thing. The accused man says: You got the wrong guy. Then he says: Get Reacher for me. And sure enough, from the world he lives in—no phone, no address, no commitments–ex–military investigator Jack Reacher is coming. In Lee Child’s astonishing new thriller, Reacher’s arrival will change everything—about a case that isn’t what it seems, about lives tangled in baffling ways, about a killer who missed one shot–and by doing so give Jack Reacher one shot at the truth.…
The gunman worked from a parking structure just thirty yards away–point-blank range for a trained military sniper like James Barr. His victims were in the wrong place at the wrong time. But why does Barr want Reacher at his side? There are good reasons why Reacher is the last person Barr would want to see. But when Reacher hears Barr’s own words, he understands. And a slam-dunk case explodes. Soon Reacher is teamed with a young defense lawyer who is working against her D.A. father and dueling with a prosecution team that has an explosive secret of its own. Like most things Reacher has known in life, this case is a complex battlefield. But, as always, in battle, Reacher is at his best.
Moving in the shadows, picking his spots, Reacher gets closer and closer to the unseen enemy who is pulling the strings. And for Reacher, the only way to take him down is to know his ruthlessness and respect his cunning–and then match him shot for shot….