Reading the Screen: Lee Child’s Jack Reacher
Posted by: David Pitt
According to this story at the Hollywood Reporter, Christopher McQuarrie, who wrote The Usual Suspects and Valkyrie, is writing, and maybe even directing, an adaptation of One Shot (2005), one of Lee Child’s novels about Jack Reacher, the former military policeman who keeps winding up knee-deep in trouble.
This is very good news. The Reacher novels are terrific thrillers (the 14th, 61 Hours, was just published in hardcover). Child is a talented writer, and his protagonist, Reacher, is well drawn and sympathetic. McQuarrie has shown that he knows how to write a screenplay that is rich with characterization and dialogue that rings true, so he’s an excellent choice.
I haven’t seen The Way of the Gun, the 2000 movie he directed, but I’ve read some nice things about it. Roger Ebert, to name one of the bigger names, called McQuarrie “a born director.” So that bodes well for One Shot, too.
I’m not sure why they’ve picked One Shot in particular to turn into a movie — it’s not the best in the series; in fact it’s one of the weaker entries — but I’m eager to see Reacher on the big screen. I know there’s a rather vocal online discussion over whether 24‘s Jack Ryan is a sort of televisual clone of Reacher, but who would you cast as Reacher in the movie?