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JACK REACHER SEQUEL BEGINS PRODUCTION

Today fans of Tom Cruise got some good news. Paramount Pictures has announced that principal photography has begun for the sequel to the 2012 action film, Jack Reacher. Check out all the details here.

 

Actor/Producer/Stunt Extraordinaire Tom Cruise is back at it again. Paramount Pictures, Skydance Media, and Tom Cruise have elected to go the franchise route with Jack Reacher, the 2012 action film based on the Lee Child’s book called “One Shot, which itself is part of a series of Jack Reacher novels. The new film will be titled Jack Reacher: Never Go Back and will be based on the 18th book in Childs’ Jack Reacher series titled “Never Go Back”. The new film is set to release on October 21, 2016, and will be directed by Edward Zwick. The film will be produced by Tom Cruise himself in addition to Don Granger, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, and Christopher McQuerrie. It will also feature Cobie Smulders, Danika Yarosh, Austin Hebert, and Aldis Hodge, among others.

 

For fans of action films, there is a lot to like here. First, the original film Jack Reacher pretty much gave fans what they were looking for and it’s always great to see Tom Cruise kicking ass. The film was profitable and earned mostly positive reviews. More importantly, it gave us the working relationship between Cruise and McQuerrie, which yielded the excellent Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation. With this sequel, they’re back working together again, although McQuerrie, who directed the first Jack Reacher film, is only producing this time. Still, Edward Zwick has proven himself as a capable action-film director (Blood Diamond) to take over for McQuerrie, and has also worked with Cruise before to great success (The Last Samurai). It also helps that Zwick is helping to write the script as well. Typically directors do the best job when they are filming their own material.

The decision to adapt another book in Childs’ Jack Reacher series to a film will certainly bring comparisons with the James Bond, and Jason Bourne franchises. Those venerable action franchises have shown a lot of success moving exciting novels to the big screen. Do you think that Jack Reacher has the same potential?

 

Here’s the official press release:

PARAMOUNT PICTURES AND SKYDANCE MEDIA ANNOUNCE START OF PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY ON “JACK REACHER: NEVER GO BACK”

HOLLYWOOD, CA (October 20, 2015) – Paramount Pictures and Skydance Media today announced that principal photography has commenced on “JACK REACHER: NEVER GO BACK,” starring Tom Cruise (the “MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE” franchise, “EDGE OF TOMORROW”) and directed by Edward Zwick (“THE LAST SAMURAI,” “BLOOD DIAMOND”).

Production will take place in New Orleans. The film is set for release on October 21, 2016.

The new film, a sequel to 2012’s “JACK REACHER,” is based on author Lee Child’s 18th book in the bestselling Jack Reacher series, Never Go Back. The film is written by Richard Wenk (“THE EXPENDABLES 2,” “THE EQUALIZER”), Marshall Herskovitz (“LOVE AND OTHER DRUGS,” “THE LAST SAMURAI”) & Zwick.

Cruise is producing alongside Don Granger (“MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – ROGUE NATION,” “JACK REACHER”), Skydance Media’s David Ellison and Dana Goldberg (“MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – ROGUE NATION,” “ EOSTORM”), and Christopher McQuarrie (“MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – ROGUE NATION,” “ ALKYRIE”). The executive producers are Paula Wagner (“WAR OF THE WORLDS,” “THE OTHERS”) and Herb Gains (“THE JUDGE,” “NON-STOP”).

“JACK REACHER: NEVER GO BACK” also stars Cobie Smulders (“How I Met Your Mother,” “AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON”), Danika Yarosh (“Heroes Reborn,” “ hameless”), Austin Hebert (“Bonnie and Clyde”), Patrick Heusinger (“QUANTUM BREAK,” “GIRLFRIEND’S GUIDE TO DIVORCE”), Aldis Hodge (“STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON,” “A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD”), and Holt McCallany (“Blue Bloods,” “GANGSTER SQUAD”).

Tom Cruise is a global cultural icon who has made an immeasurable impact on cinema by creating some of the most memorable characters of all time in legendary films such as “TOP GUN,” “JERRY MAGUIRE,” “RISKY BUSINESS,” “MINORITY REPORT,” “INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE,” “A FEW GOOD MEN,” “THE FIRM,” “RAIN MAN,” “ OLLATERAL,” “THE LAST SAMURAI,” “EDGE OFTOMORROW,” “THE COLOR OF MONEY,” and the “MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE” franchise among many others.

A consummate filmmaker involved in all aspects of film production, Cruise has achieved extraordinary success as an actor, producer, and philanthropist in a career spanning over three decades. A three-time Academy Award® nominee and three-time Golden Globe Award winner his films have earned over eight billion dollars in worldwide box office alone— an incomparable accomplishment.

 

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