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