Tom Cruise Returning as Jack Reacher for 'Never Go Back' Sequel

December 9, 2013
Source: Deadline

Jack Reacher

At the beginning of the year, it seemed unlikely that Christopher McQuarrie's directorial debut Jack Reacher, starring Tom Cruise, would become a film franchise in the same vein as the book series from Lee Child. However, the film ended up grossing over $218 million worldwide, and that's enough for Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions to move forward with a sequel. Though there are 16 other books that could be turned into films, Deadline says the sequel will use this year's new book Never Go Back for the sequel, but a writer still needs to be rounded up. And what about the director? More below!

Cruise and Paramount want McQuarrie back to direct the sequel, but it will have to wait until they're done making Mission: Impossible 5 this summer. As for the story, the book follows Reacher as he heads to his old military base in Virginia for a meeting with Major Susan Turner. But his meeting is put on hold as Turner is arrested, leaving Reacher to deal with his own legal entanglement as he encounters a different commanding officer and ends up being accused of a crime he doesn't remember and a child he doesn't know. This sets him on a cross-country odyssey to find Turner, clear his name and stay one step ahead of the army, the FBI, the D.C. Metro police, and four unidentified thugs trying to keep them apart.

Honestly, this is one sequel I'm damn happy to see move forward. Cruise showed great potential to stick with this intriguing character who has plenty of rich mythology and history to bring to the big screen. We're looking at a new Jack Ryan here. It's a nice counter to Cruise's slick turn in the Mission: Impossible franchise. We'll see Cruise get a little more gritty back in the sci-fi world soon enough with the trailer for Edge of Tomorrow coming on December 11th. Come back for the trailer and stay tuned for more updates.

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Reader Feedback - 12 Comments


was the first one any good?

Such heroic nonsense on Dec 9, 2013


I mean this in zero disrespect, but Jack Reacher was not Christopher McQuarrie's directorial debut; his film The Way of the Gun is an underrated classic that is criminally overlooked.

zer0limit on Dec 9, 2013


I enjoyed Jack Reacher more than I expected. I loved that it wasn't just action but he had to be smart too. Shootout at the end was okay but enjoyed the rest of the movie enough to want a sequel.

LightningB on Dec 9, 2013


Dug the first one. I could not tell you anything about it, but I remember really enjoying it at the time. At least we'll get more of Tom Cruise running like a bat out of Hell.

DAVIDPD on Dec 9, 2013


That's exactly how I feel. I remember watching and not hating my life, but I couldn't tell you a single thing that happened. Apparently a mindlessly enjoyable flick?

Terry Myers on Dec 10, 2013


First one sucked.

Nick Henderson on Dec 9, 2013


I was hoping this would star Herzog, instead of Cruise and be called JACK REACHAROUND.

Trey Wilson on Dec 9, 2013


This is actualy great news. I did like the first movie and the character, which made me pick up a few books.

Armitall on Dec 10, 2013


they need to do killing floor. Jack Reacher Rocks.

Joe Bell on Dec 10, 2013


Hmmm, good choice of book for the film (as it shows why Reacher is out of the Army) - I'll see it, as I enjoyed the first one, despite being an avid fan of the books 😉

Michael Kingscott on Dec 11, 2013


Why not make The Killing Floor?

cobrazombie on Dec 11, 2013


You cant do Never go back without explaining what happened in the last book with him talking Susan Turner on the phone. They could mess this movie up, hopefully they won't because the book was good. I am surprised those they chose the newest book to come out.

Christina Morgan on Dec 12, 2013

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