Jack is back, but he’ll look a little different this time around. Amazon Studios has greenlit a new series based on Lee Child’s Jack Reacher novels, it revealed at the Television Critics Association press tour on Jan. 14.
The character has already been the subject of two films starring Tom Cruise, 2012’s Jack Reacher and 2016’s Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. But the action star won’t be reprising the role for the upcoming series.
Author Lee Child says the character is in ‘perfect hands’ at Amazon
Jack Reacher, the series, is coming to @PrimeVideo.@LeeChildReacher: “It’s been great so far, but really, the fun starts here. By now I know these guys, and Reacher is in the perfect hands, believe me.”
— Amazon Studios (@AmazonStudios) January 14, 2020
The first season of the new series will be based on Killing Floor, the first of nearly two dozen Jack Reacher books. The book series, which began in 1997, focuses on the exploits of Reacher, an ex-military policeman and drifter who travels around the United States getting caught up in investigating various crimes.
The new show will be produced by Amazon, Skydance Television, and Paramount Television Studios. Child says he believes they’ll do right by his character.
“It’s been great so far, but really, the fun starts here. By now I know these guys, and Reacher is in the perfect hands, believe me,” he said at the TCA event, Deadline reported.
We don’t know who will play Jack Reacher in the new series, but it won’t be Tom Cruise
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After the lukewarm response some fans had to the Jack Reacher films, the pressure is on to find the right lead actor for the TV series. Cruise’s casting was widely criticized by book readers since he did not resemble the character described in Child’s novels. In the books, Reacher is said to be 6-feet, 5-inches tall and weigh about 250 pounds. Cruise is reportedly 5-feet, 7-inches tall.
While no decision has yet been made about who will play Reacher in the Amazon series, whoever gets the part will be a better physical match with the character, Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios, said at TCA.
“We really are determined to find someone to embody that character,” she said, according to Entertainment Tonight. “So you may see us take our …
Source:: Showbiz Cheat Sheet