'Jack Reacher' TV Series in the Works, Without Tom Cruise

Jack Reacher’ Author Admits Tom Cruise Is Just Too Short For The Character

The author continued: "So what I've made a decision to do is - there won't be any more movies with Tom Cruise".

Beloved book hero Jack Reacher is being developed into a TV series, according to author Lee Child, but there will be a new face in the iconic role for the next venture.

"Cruise, for all his talent, didn't have that physicality", Child told Mike Sweeney on BBC Radio Manchester. With that in mind, he will not be recruited for a reboot of the series that will come in television series form. He's a really nice guy.

Even if the role is recast, it's unclear on whether Cruise will be involved in the TV series after he purchased the rights to 17 of the Jack Reacher stories back in 2011.

While many book-to-screen adaptations have featured some creative casting choices, the height thing is really important to Reacher fans. "We had a lot of fun", Child said in the interview. A sequel was greenlit and hit theaters in 2016, but director Edward Zwick's take on the character lacked the punch of McQuarrie's (who was busy on Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation), and the film ended up grossing $162 million worldwide.

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'The idea is that when Reacher walks into a room, you're all a little nervous just for that first minute. "And Cruise, for all his talent, didn't have that physicality", he continued. "We're rebooting and starting over and we're going to try and find the flawless guy".

The author said he "really enjoyed" working with the "Top Gun" actor but wanted to be true to the character. "But ultimately the readers are right". He also mentioned that he wants the readers who were dissatisfied with Cruise to give suggestions on an actor who would fit the part.

The 56-year-old has starred in two movies as Jack Reacher, with the latest being released two years ago. "We're rebooting and starting over and we're going to try and find the ideal guy", he said.

The actor is headlining two popular action franchises right now.

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