One Shot Is Now Jack Reacher

Tom Cruise film switches titles

Hello! And welcome to this edition of John Craven’s News Reacher-Round. Today’s top story: if you were thinking of heading to cinemas on December 28 to see Tom Cruise play Jack Reacher in One Shot, you can’t. No, it’s not because Paramount has had another case of G.I. Joe fever and pushed it back; it’s simply that the film is now titled Jack Reacher.

No reason has been given for the shift in title, though it has been on the cards since last month when Tom Cruise kept referring to the movie as "Reacher." Presumably, it’s because the studio wants to make sure the movie is firmly associated with novelist Lee Child’s memorably tough, gruff hero. Which makes us wonder why they didn’t go all the way and call it Jack Reacher: A Jack Reacher Punch-Fest From The Files Of Jack Reacher.

The movie, adapted and directed by Christopher McQuarrie, sees Cruise’s Reacher getting pulled into the mystery of a sniper accused of killing five people. Rosamund Pike, Robert Duvall, Richard Jenkins, David Oyelowo and Werner Herzog round out the main cast.

As mentioned above, the freshly named Jack Reacher will hit our screens on December 28.