Jack Reacher TV Show Being Developed Without Tom Cruise

Joann Johnston
November 15, 2018

The saying "small is beautiful" might have some truth to it - but not if you want to play tall, hard-bitten, ex-army men with hands like dinner plates, as Tom Cruise has found to his cost.

Jack Reacher author Lee Child agrees with fans of his books: Tom Cruise is too short for the movie role.

Lee Child, the author of the "Jack Reacher" novels, confirmed the news in an interview with BBC Manchester Radio earlier today.

"Long-form streaming television, with a completely new actor", he explained of the concept for the new show. We had a lot of fun but ultimately the readers are right.

The "physicality" Child meant pertains to the character's height, which is described as 6 feet, 5 inches; Cruise stands 5 feet, 7 inches.

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"That will have one sad, awkward effect in that Tom Cruise doesn't act on television so we will have to have a new lead actor".

He revealed that he'd signed a deal last week to have his Reacher character turned into a television series, likely to go to a streaming service sometime in the near future.

Readers had complained about Cruise's suitability to play the imposing former major in the U.S. military police since his casting was announced in 2011. It's much less star-driven than feature films. More than that though, which actor does match Reacher physically?

"Jack Reacher" was a commercial success that grossed more than $200 million, according to Box Office Mojo. The idea is that when Reacher walks into a room, you're all a little nervous just for that first minute. Bout 10yrs ago I went after the role, but Cruise got it.

But who will become the new Jack Reacher? "We're rebooting and starting over and we're going to try and find the flawless guy", he said. The sixth installment in the "Mission Impossible" franchise was released over the summer to rave reviews and a worldwide box office tally of almost $800 million.

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