Amazon has won the rights to develop a show based on the novels by Lee Child for their streaming service. The show will be produced by Amazon, along with Skydance Television and Paramount Television, and will follow the ex-military drifter as he travels the US, single-handedly solving problems and fighting crime. Think of Reacher as a one man A-Team.
The character was previously played by Tom Cruise in two movies (Jack Reacher and Jack Reacher: Never Go Back), based on the eleventh and eighteenth books in the series. Christopher McQuarrie, who acted as writer/director on the first movie and producer on the second, will serve as executive producer on the show.
This is to be the third series of novels developed by Amazon Studios into a TV show. Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch novels are the source for one of the studios longest running shows; 'Bosch', starring Titus Welliver as the veteran LAPD Homicide Detective. Last year 'Jack Ryan' - based on the novels by Tom Clancy and starring John Krasinski - became available, the third season has already been green-lit ahead of the currently unscheduled season 2 premiere. Amazon is also working on an adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's 'The Lord of the Rings' trilogy.
Nick Santora, the man behind 'Scorpion' has been hired as showrunner. He will also serve as executive producer along with Lee Child, Christopher McQuarrie and Don Granger, as well as David Ellison, Marcy Ross and Dana Goldberg from Skydance. Carolyn Harris is overseeing the project for Skydance.
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