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Paramount Developing Jack Reacher Sequel Based on Lee Child’s Never Go Back

 

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Last year’s Jack Reacher film adaptation did decently in the box office despite many fans of the novel panning lead actor, Tom Cruise’s portrayal. Now it is confirmed that the film is getting a sequel based on author Lee Child’s most recent Jack Reacher novel “Never Go Back,” published this fall.

In “Never Go Back,” Reacher goes back to his old Virginia military base to have dinner with a female colleague who he learns has been arrested, and soon, Reacher finds himself being charged with crimes himself. Once again, he needs to learn the truth the way that only Jack Reacher knows how, which often means violence.

The film ended up grossing roughly $80 million domestic and another $138 million overseas, so it is no surprise that Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions are moving ahead with the sequel.

However, Christopher McQuarrie will not return to write the sequel though Paramount hopes he may return to direct. It is assumed that Cruise will reprise his role as the titular character once production on Mission impossible 5 (MI:5) concludes.

Fans of the novel series became vocal over the casting of Cruise due to actor’s stature not matching the description of Reacher in the novels most notably Cruise being rather short compared to the beast of a man that the Reacher character is described. Explaining the casting decision, author Lee Child said that it would be impossible to find a suitable actor to play the giant Reacher and to recreate the feel of the book onscreen, and that Cruise had the talent to make an effective Reacher. Child also said, “Reacher’s size in the books is a metaphor for an unstoppable force, which Cruise portrays in his own way.” Of Cruise’s relatively small stature, Child said, “With another actor you might get 100% of the height but only 90% of Reacher. With Tom, you’ll get 100% of Reacher with 90% of the height.”

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Tom Cruise, Bill Paxton Eye ‘All You Need is Kill’

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The idea behind Groundhog Day is getting a violent, science fiction flavor, and stars Tom Cruise and Bill Paxton are involved. The new film coming from Warner Bros. is called All You Need is Kill.

If you are like me, that title probably made you roll your eyes, but once I heard the premise behind the upcoming action flick, I became more willing to make this project one to watch. You see, Doug Liman will direct All You Need is Kill, which is based on the graphic novel of the same name, written by Hiroshi Sakurazaka with illustrations by Yoshitoshi ABe. Liman was also behind The Bourne Identity, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, and Jumper, by the way.

The graphic novel tells the story of a soldier, whose part has been snagged by Cruise. He’s in a grueling war against an alien race. These aliens kill him, but due to a mysterious phenomenon, he wakes, only to re-live his final day over and over and over and…you get the idea. He’s in a time loop, and as this occurs, he becomes a more finely honed killer.

This was the same idea behind the short-lived series, Day Break, starring Taye Diggs. It’s definitely worth checking out if you are a Netflix subscriber. There was even an X-Files episode in Groundhog Day mode revolving around a bank heist.

Many entertainment news sources are marveling over the fact that Cruise and Bill Paxton have never shared the screen before. Their time has finally come.

Interestingly enough, the gorgeous, capable, and funny, Ms. Emily Blunt is already cast in All You Need is Kill. I suppose her casting is not so unusual, considering she already has The Wolfman and The Adjustment Bureau under her belt. She’s no stranger to science fiction, but I still thought it was a little strange when she was cast in this month’s release, Looper. She seems like more a polished person than would be the love interest of a hitman. I felt the same way when they cast Kate Beckinsale in Mark Wahlberg’s Contraband. Did you notice how they changed Beckinsale’s hair in that one to make her look a little more, shall we say low-income, married to an ex-smuggler type? I see a bit of the same going on in Looper.

You won’t hear any complaints from me, however. The more Blunt, the better! If you haven’t seen her in Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, stop everything and go see it now. It’s a rare occasion when two actors convince me they are really in love and Blunt performs this feat with co-star Ewan McGregor.

Paxton is in final negotiations to play a really tough-as-nails leader to Cruise’s platoon. This sounds like a role with a bite and I’m sure he’ll sink his teeth right in.

Erwin Stoff, Tom Lassally and Jason Hoffs will produce via 3 Arts Entertainment. Dante Harper and Joby Harold are tackling the script. Production is scheduled for this fall in London.

Recently Paxton have been working on Two Guns for Universal and the History Channel miniseries Hatfields and McCoys, which just got him an Emmy nom. Congratulations are in order all around! You’ll be seeing Cruise in Jack Reacher this December. He was Stacee Jaxx in the Rock of Ages film. He has even more science fiction in the works as the star of Oblivion.

First Look At Tom Cruise In Jack Reacher Adaptation

The first photo featuring Tom Cruise in the big-screen adaptation of Lee Child’s bestselling 2005 crime saga Jack Reacher, has been released and you can see it above. Cruise will play the titular character in the film, an ex-military policeman turned vigilante drifter, who is drawn into the case of a sniper who randomly targeted civilians.

The film, due in theaters Dec. 21, was adapted from the ninth novel in Child’s series, “One Shot.”

Cruise’s character in the film will differ from his usual ambitious, highly-stressed and charming roles, according to Entertainment Weekly, as this film’s protagonist is a darker and more stoic personality. Christopher McQuarrie, the film’s screenwriter and director, pointed out the dark aspect of Reacher.

“Someone asks him at one point in the story about the difference between a military policeman and a regular cop,” McQuarrie said. “Reacher points out that [for military police], every suspect is a trained killer.”

McQuarrie also told EW that Reacher has very little invested in the present.

“He is free from any sort of anxiety. He is truly not encumbered by all the bulls–t that makes up our daily lives,” he said. “He literally and figuratively has no baggage.”

Reacher does have one valued possession- his 1970 Chevelle SS, which is featured in the film’s just-released promotional photo. In the image, Reacher has just battered the car while escaping from police, who wrongfully suspect him of a murder.

Some fans of the Reacher book series have been quite vocal with their dissatisfaction with the choice of Cruise as their hero. The 5-foot-7 actor is physically far from the massive Reacher described in the text, but Cruise addressed this issue in a video aired at CinemaCon in April.

“For those of you who know the books, I’m obviously not 6-foot-5, like Jack Reacher,” Cruise said. “But Lee felt that I was the right guy to drive fast cars and kick the s–t out of people on-screen.”

Whether or not Cruise is able to pull of the character has yet to be seen. However, he may surprise everyone with his portrayal. We will just have to wait and see.

Emily Blunt Joins All You Need Is Kill Adaptation

Warner Bros. has chosen Emily Blunt to co-star with Tom Cruise in an adaptation of Hiroshi Sakurazaka‘s 2004 sci-fi graphic novel All You Need Is Kill.

The story can be likened to Groundhog Day, but with a twist, according to Variety.com.

“A soldier in a war against aliens finds himself reliving his last day over and over after being killed,“ according to Variety.com. “Through the training and battles he experiences in these time loops, he becomes a better soldier.”

The official summary of the graphic novel is as follows:

There’s one thing worse than dying. It’s coming back to do it again and again… When the alien Gitai invade, Keiji Kiriya is just one of many raw recruits shoved into a suit of battle armor and sent out to kill. Keiji dies on the battlefield, only to find himself reborn each morning to fight and die again and again. On the 158th iteration though, he sees something different, something out of place: the female soldier known as the Bitch of War. Is the Bitch the key to Keiji’s escape, or to his final death?

Blunt, who is most known for her role on The Adjustment Bureau as well as the upcoming film The Five Year Engagement, will be cast as another soldier, fighting alongside Cruise.

Doug Liman, whose credits include The Bourne Identity, as well as the rest of the Bourne trilogy, will be directing the film.

Though certainly similar to Groundhog Day, the plot of All You Need Is Kill sounds like it could make for an interesting movie. Big screen adaptations of graphic novels have been popular in recent years, as proven by The Walking Dead, whose second season finale received a record-breaking number of views.

Liman has a history of directing successful films, so Sakurazaka’s work is most likely in  good hands.

The film, dubbed “We Mortals Are,” is set to be released in 2013.

 

Oblivion on the Horizons for Morgan Freeman

 

Freeman will join the cast that includes Tom Cruise as the lead role of Jak, Andrea Riseborough and Olga Kurylenko in this Universal release.  This film was conceptualized by and to be directed by Tron: Legacy User, Joseph Kosinski.

With the rise of movies adapted from popular teen novels and comic books, the crafty director has gone one step further and is creating a comic book to be released before his movie. The comic book which is called Oblivion will be released sometime in 2012 by Radical Comics, to be co-written by Kosinski and Arvid Nelson, creator of Rex Mundi. A preview of the graphic novel was released at the end of 2010 Comic-Con with some rather snazzy concept art.

So this will be Radical Publishing’s first venture beyond comic books. The comic will be done in a format that features 40 fully painted landscape images that will accompany the prose. So more like a Winnie-The-Pooh old school children format, rather than frame by frame comic book style that we’ve come to expect. I believe that this is how the movie 300 started as a comic book. Ow, my mind just got a visual of Pooh wearing a Spartan costume. So bad!

Kosinski film adaptation of this unreleased comic was originally turned down by Disney, telling him that they will not produce this film and essentially told to shop around some more with other studios and producers. Oblivion was later picked up by Universal Pictures.

It’s unclear what role Freeman will play in this apocalyptic science fiction love story (Is there any other kind of love story?) but even if it’s the disembodied narrator’s voice, it’ll still be cool. “Get busy living, or get busy dying.”

The official description of the story on Radical Publishing website:

“futuristic science fiction love story that takes place in an apocalyptic future where most of the population lives in clouds above an earth surface that has been rendered for the most part uninhabitable. An earthbound soldier — stuck there repairing drones that patrol and blast a savage alien life form — encounters a beautiful woman who crashed in a craft, and they have an experience that forces him to question his world view.”

Reading the many variations of this description online, this is what I’ve cobbled together and predict the story will go.

Jak, the main character of the story, is a war-weary repairman with a military background. His sole function is to repair and maintain robots that fight for the User; cue Daft Punk playing in the background. These drones act like terminators on an alien species, who are referred to as scavengers. The scavengers stalk the ruins what appears to be a polluted and destroyed Earth, doing what they can to survive. While somewhere beyond the clouds is the human race, living on a low orbiting spaceship and being all overlord like.

Jak then discovers a spaceship with a hot actress inside. With her help, he slowly pieces together that the planet is either not Earth or a planet filled with savage aliens, but an alien civilization filled with vengeful aliens that humans have nearly wiped out; because they want the resources or to colonize.

Freeman will play the philosopher like leader of the space humans and attempt to stop Jak from reprogramming all the drones from stopping the badness.

For the M. NightShamWow ending, the crashed spacecraft is really a burrowing vehicle where other humans; the poor; live far underground in Zion, while the rich aristocracy live in the clouds.