Jack Reacher is a title character and the protagonist of a series of crime thriller novels by British author Lee Child.
After leaving the US Army as a major in its military police at age 36, Reacher roams the United States taking odd jobs and investigating suspicious and frequently dangerous situations.
As of 27 October 2021, 26 novels have been published, the most recent being Better Off Dead.
The character has also appeared in short stories, and two of the novels have been adapted into successful action thriller films, starring Tom Cruise as Reacher (2012 and 2016), and a TV series in 2022 starring Alan Ritchson as Reacher.
The 2012 action thriller film Jack Reacher was adapted from the 2005 novel One Shot and starred Tom Cruise in the title role. The film was directed by Christopher McQuarrie. Cruise reprised the role in the sequel, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, an adaptation of the 18th Jack Reacher book, Never Go Back, which was directed by Edward Zwick, and released 21 October 2016.
Tom Cruise’s casting was met with criticism from fans of the book series, primarily because the disparity in their heights, with Reacher portrayed as a blond, 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) tall, 250-pound man in the novels, while Cruise is a 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m) tall brunette. In 2012 Child commented on Cruise’s casting by saying, “Reacher’s size in the books is a metaphor for an unstoppable force, which Cruise portrays in his own way.” In 2018, Child expressed the opinion that the fans were right about the height of actor portraying the character.
On 14 November 2018, Child announced that he made a deal with Skydance Television and Paramount Television to produce a Jack Reacher series based on Child’s novels, during which feature films would no longer be produced. He also stated that Tom Cruise would not be returning to the role, and that another actor would be cast in the role, which he hoped would more properly represent the character than seen in the films. Paramount Television and Skydance Television are said to be producing the potential series. Child said of the recasting:
“I really enjoyed working with Cruise. He’s a really, really nice guy. We had a lot of fun. But ultimately the readers are right. The size of Reacher is really, really important and it’s a big component of who he is…So what I’ve decided to do is – there won’t be any more movies with Tom Cruise. Instead, we’re going to take it to Netflix or something like that. Long-form streaming television, with a completely new actor. We’re rebooting and starting over and we’re going to try and find the perfect guy.
On 15 July 2019, Variety reported that Amazon will develop the series for Prime Video with Nick Santora as the showrunner, writer and executive producer alongside Child, Don Granger, Christopher McQuarrie, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Marcy Ross. On o4 September 2020, Alan Ritchson was cast as the titular role. On 02 December 2021, the series, simply titled Reacher, was announced to premiere 04 February 2022.
Jack Reacher Series
- TV Series:
- Reacher: Season 01 (2022).
- Released on 04 February 2022 (all 8 episodes on Amazon).
- Reacher: Season 01 (2022).
- Jack Reacher: When the Man Comes Around (2013) (27 minutes).
- Jack Reacher: Stunt Driving (2013) (20 minutes).
- The Reacher Phenomenon (2013) (11 minutes).
- You Do Not Mess with Jack Reacher: Combat & Weapons (2013) (10 minutes).
Production & Filming Details
- Release Date: 2012 to Present.
- Rating: PG-13.
- Running Time: Varies.
- Country: US.
- Language: English.