Christopher McQuarrie Reworking, Maybe Directing, One Shot
Much of Christopher McQuarrie's success in screenwriting is paired with the success of Bryan Singer. Early on the two collaborated on the little known thriller Public Access only to break out with crime drama favorite The Usual Suspects. Over a decade later the two found reasonable success with Valkyrie. Between their collaboration, McQuarrie directed his first film to mixed reviews with The Way of the Gun in the year 2000. Now it looks like McQuarrie may be hopping in the director's chair again as Heat Vision reports he's been hired to rework the script for the thriller One Shot for Paramount and may potentially direct the film.
Though the novel on which the film is based is actually the ninth in a series, this is still shaping up to be the start of a potentially lucrative new franchise for Paramount. Written by Lee Child, the series of novels center on Jack Reacher, a military police officer-turned-drifter and McQuarrie plans to bring the same grittiness of The Way of the Gun to this adaptation. Here's the teasing logline for the novel:
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.
Sounds interesting enough. Meanwhile, McQuarrie is fresh off his work on the another thriller, The Tourist starring Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie. McQuarrie has a couple projects on his plate coming up including rewriting Jack the Giant Killer for Singer and writing the sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine. McQuarrie is a pretty great writer, and I'm surprised he doesn't get more consistent features work outside of collaborating with Bryan Singer, but there you have it. Recently McQuarrie has been working on his own TV series called Persons Unknown, an emsemble mystery which has been hit or miss, but certainly keeps you guessing. Stay tuned for any updates on One Shot and the rest of McQuarrie's future projects as more becomes available.