Amazon Orders ‘Jack Reacher’ TV Series Based On Lee Child Novels
Amazon has handed a series order to ‘Jack Reacher‘, based on the novels by Lee Child, the streaming service has announced.
The ‘Jack Reacher’ novels follow the story of the titular army veteran as he travels the US using his skills to investigate suspicious and frequently dangerous situations. ‘Scorpion’ creator Nick Santora will write, exec produce and serve as showrunner on the new drama.
“Lee Child has created an incredible character and world,” commented Santora. “It will be the goal of every writer, producer, actor, executive and crew member to capture the essence of Mr. Child’s books – and luckily Lee has been there, and will continue to be there, to help guide us along the way in this series. He is the pulse of Reacher.”
News first landed back in November 2018 that Skydance Television and Paramount Television were developing a tv series based on Child’s books. Then in July 2019, Amazon Studios joined the party as co-producer and broadcaster. Now the streaming service has given the go-ahead to make a full season.
As many of you will know, Child’s novel series has already been adapted for the big screen with Tom Cruise in the lead role. However, Child commented previously that, much as he really enjoyed working with Cruise, he always wanted someone with a more imposing physical presence for the role. “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 said. So, whilst there is no casting yet, for people who were upset about Cruise in the films, expect someone who will be more to your liking for the tv drama.
“It’s been great so far, but really, the fun starts here. By now I know these guys, and Reacher is in the perfect hands, believe me,” added Child.
We don’t yet know when the ‘Jack Reacher‘ series will land, but it will be coming to Amazon Prime globally.
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