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61 Hours To Be The Next Reacher Film?
Lee Child hints at One Shot's follow-ups

07 October 2011  |  Written by Ali Plumb  |  Source: Exclusive

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61 Hours To Be The Next Reacher Film?

We don't want to get you too excited, but we just had Lee Child, the man behind Jack Reacher, in the office for a webchat. During his barrage of questions from Empire readers, he was asked this little gem by a man named Jason:

"If One Shot is a successful film, which book from the series would you like to be adapted for the screen next?"

Lee Child responded with:

"They're talking about that now. They don't want to jinx the success of the first one by talking too much, but they want Bad Luck And Trouble as the third (with Neagley in it) because they feel, by then, we'll be ready for an ensemble piece."

"They haven't decided about the second. They would kind of like 61 Hours, but creating a thousand square miles of snow is difficult. So it's wait and see."

This is very intriguing if totally hypothetical news. Bad Luck And Trouble is 11th in the Jack Reacher series, and 61 Hours is the 14th. Continuity editors and other chronology supervisors will have to be very careful if only Jack Reacher were real, eh?

Elsewhere during Child's visit, he also revealed that Werner Herzog himself was the one gunning for the role as the villain in One Shot it wasn't just thanks to screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie asking him to be involved. So that's pretty interesting, for a number of reasons. Almost unbelievable ones, really. 

Still, do you agree with these books as movie sequel potentials for One Shot? What other Reacher novels would you rather see on screen first? And are you praying that the Reacher film franchise behaves a lot like the Bond one... and hires different actors for different movies? Let us know in the comment box below.

One Shot is due out in February 2013.


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The Visitor
Killing Floor is still my fave of all his novels. Would like Persuader and The Visitor as movies. All of them are strong, and I'd agree that including Neagley will be a great choice. I actually cried (REAL TEARS!) when I heard Tom was cast as the 6ft 6, 240lbs Reacher. Tell you what Tom, when you can play football like a linebacker, we'll cast you as one ! More

Posted by danielthompson99 at 13:44 on 20 January 2012 | Report This Post

Persuader
Killing Floor is still my fave of all his novels. Would like Persuader and The Visitor as movies. All of them are strong, and I'd agree that including Neagley will be a great choice. I actually cried (REAL TEARS!) when I heard Tom was cast as the 6ft 6, 240lbs Reacher. Tell you what Tom, when you can play football like a linebacker, we'll cast you as one ! More

Posted by danielthompson99 at 13:43 on 20 January 2012 | Report This Post

Persuader
Killing Floor is still my fave of all his novels. Would like Persuader and The Visitor as movies. All of them are strong, and I'd agree that including Neagley will be a great choice. I actually cried (REAL TEARS!) when I heard Tom was cast as the 6ft 6, 240lbs Reacher. Tell you what Tom, when you can play football like a linebacker, we'll cast you as one ! More

Posted by danielthompson99 at 13:43 on 20 January 2012 | Report This Post

Persuader
Killing Floor is still my fave of all his novels. Would like Persuader and The Visitor as movies. All of them are strong, and I'd agree that including Neagley will be a great choice. I actually cried (REAL TEARS!) when I heard Tom was cast as the 6ft 6, 240lbs Reacher. Tell you what Tom, when you can play football like a linebacker, we'll cast you as one ! More

Posted by danielthompson99 at 13:42 on 20 January 2012 | Report This Post

Killing Floor
One Shot is one of the weakest novels so far. Killing Floor is amazing- I recall reading it and feeling like I had been smacked in the face by a Jack Reacher punch. Other novels that got close were Wire Trip (amazing bad guy) and Echo burning. Tom Cruise is a terrible choice for this role and 61 hours cannot work with him as Reacher. tom do the right thing- step aside! More

Posted by jamied at 19:59 on 10 October 2011 | Report This Post

wrong
should have been michael shannon but it wasn't. Stupid Hollywood!! More

Posted by godzilavskennyrogers at 18:06 on 10 October 2011 | Report This Post

What is with this sudden love for this Reacher rubbish? Talk about proper film news dammit Empire! :D More

Posted by BrooksyTHX1138 at 02:59 on 09 October 2011 | Report This Post

Cruise could work!
Get him to wear his Les Grossman fat suit and stretch him a bit More

Posted by rissole at 10:19 on 08 October 2011 | Report This Post

You can't please everyone!
Well as has been well documented on many sites linked to Lee Child ,there is a wave of disatifaction with his readership at the casting of Tom Cruise.I myself are not entirely happy with this either but at the end of the day it's not the worst thing that can happen.The Cruz brings a certain level of publicity and credo to a project,love him or hate him we're talking about him and the film job done surely. Being a traditionalist I'd love to have seen the (hopefully franchaise)from the begining More

Posted by waggle at 07:36 on 08 October 2011 | Report This Post

You can't please everyone!
Well as has been well documented on many sites linked to Lee Child ,there is a wave of disatifaction with his readership at the casting of Tom Cruise.I myself are not entirely happy with this either but at the end of the day it's not the worst thing that can happen.The Cruz brings a certain level of publicity and credo to a project,love him or hate him we're talking about him and the film job done surely. Being a traditionalist I'd love to have seen the (hopefully franchaise)from the begining More

Posted by waggle at 07:25 on 08 October 2011 | Report This Post

Jack The Lad
Never heard of these books until now. Jack Reacher is a crap name for a hero, too obvious, but I'll check out the movie. Could be good. More

Posted by BenTramer at 04:28 on 08 October 2011 | Report This Post

lee child is thinking of his bank account,not his fans who made him rich. there is no argument you can make to justify cruise as reacher.wake up. More

Posted by matt506 at 22:52 on 07 October 2011 | Report This Post

I still can't believe its Tom Cruise...
BIG fan of Reacher books. And for the record I have nothing against the Cruiser either. But this could go down as the biggest miscasting in the history of everything ever. Oh and the second film should be Die Trying. With someone else...almost anyone else...playing Jack. More

Posted by RundownDJ Gman at 21:22 on 07 October 2011 | Report This Post

Child sized
61 hours as the follow-up? I'm sorry, but the third act relies on the fact that Reacher's height works against him in a very low-ceilinged, confined space and a great deal of the dramatic tension is derived from this. I really enjoy the books and have read them all to date but I find the casting of Tom Cruise, for all his skills, works against the point of the character of Jack Reacher, who is supposed to be, both metaphorically and literally, head and shoulders above the average man. More

Posted by Doktor Animal at 20:29 on 07 October 2011 | Report This Post

Worth Dying For?
61 Hours is the only book in the series which has a sequal (of sorts) so why would you make that the second film? Unless you intend to totally re-write the end from the book or to include the important information from Worth Dying For as well. More

Posted by arsepigeon at 19:41 on 07 October 2011 | Report This Post

Jack Reacher
Tom Cruise is to small, we were thinking and hoping Liam Neeson, or Dulph Lundgren, Tom is not rugged enough Jack is 6ft 5 inches how tall is Tom??? More

Posted by chris08 at 18:53 on 07 October 2011 | Report This Post

One Shot?
have to say I thought "One Shot" was one of the weaker novels and was surprised at this being the choice for a film More

Posted by bretty at 18:16 on 07 October 2011 | Report This Post

I feel like I've achieved something in my life.
I can' believe the first time i take part in one of Empire's live chats, my question gets answered and is featured in an article on the Empire website. Thanks Mr Child and Empire. From the man named Jason. More

Posted by jasonlittlewood at 17:44 on 07 October 2011 | Report This Post

Is Tom Cruise still lined up to be Reacher? If so I wish he'd take it on as a producer project rather than acting project More

Posted by Greygor at 15:28 on 07 October 2011 | Report This Post

Die Trying
...would work well as a film, thought it might be good as the first actually, could have set up his character in the van ride at the beginning, shown off his skills in the shooting contest, brought Garber in to tie up his military history, and has the twist with the mole at the end. More

Posted by yodaami at 15:20 on 07 October 2011 | Report This Post

Persuader
Hands down the best of the entire Reacher series. It it a monument of plot on nerve jangling tension. You could even play the opening just like the book. It's perfect.... More

Posted by adsjohns at 14:29 on 07 October 2011 | Report This Post


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