Jack Reacher is back

When the trailer for this was announce, the crew at POPCulture Online got really excited given the success of the first film and how we are all fans of Tom Cruise.

Let’s take a look at some interesting fun facts about Jack Reacher.

Fans hated Tom Cruise’s Casting as Reacher

The most prominent controversy concerning the film involves the casting of Tom Cruise as the title character Jack Reacher. Fans of the Lee Child novels starring Reacher are adamant that Cruise is a diminutive man compared to the powerhouse that Child describes Reacher to be.

In fact, Child admits that Cruise is nearly 10 inches shorter than Reacher. However, Cruise’s skill onscreen is the reason behind the casting.

Left to right: Tom Cruise plays Jack Reacher, Judd Lormand plays Local Deputy and Jason Douglas plays Sheriff in Jack Reacher: Never Go Back from Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions

The Author Loves the Controversy

Child actually embraces the controversy. He admits that the fans’ fighting about Cruise on social media sites, blogs, and forums throughout the web shows that they are invested in the character. If fans are invested in the character, then Child feels that he did a great job building the character throughout the series.

The first Movie is not Book One in the Reacher Series

The book chosen to represent the first Reacher story adapted to film is “One Shot,” which is not the first book in the Reacher series. That honor goes to “The Killing Floor,” a popular novel that sold over 60 million copies around the world.

Left to right: Cobie Smulders plays Turner and Tom Cruise plays Jack Reacher in Jack Reacher: Never Go Back from Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions

Second movie is not from the second book

Jack Reacher 2 plans to adapt the Reacher novel Never Go Back, despite the fact that it is the 18th book in the long-running series, and there are plenty of worthy standalone stories from which to pluck a Jack Reacher narrative. In this story, the wandering Reacher attempts to connect with a female military investigator and ends up paired with the teenaged Samantha Dayton – who might be Reacher’s daughter. Child explains that the story has all of the elements for a successful film, which helped the studio make its decision.

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