Last Christmas, Lee Child’s popular ex-military anti-hero Jack Reacher was brought to the screen by Tom Cruise and Christopher McQuarrie, who will be reteaming soon for the fifth installment of Cruise’s action franchise, Mission: Impossible 5.
Whether you were a fan of Child’s books and liked Tom Cruises’s take on his character or not, it did decently, grossing roughly $80 million domestic and another
$138 million overseas, so Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions are moving ahead with a sequel based on Child’s most recent Jack Reacher novel “Never Go Back,” published this fall.
In the novel, 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.
Paramount is looking for writers for the sequel since previous writer Christopher McQuarrie is too busy preparing Mission: Impossible 5 to start production on that next summer, although they hope McQuarrie might be able to direct the sequel after finishing “M:I5.”
Cruise’s next film, Edge of Tomorrow, will premiere its first trailer on Wednesday, but Deadline reports that the actor might try to shoot another movie before “M:I5,” possibly a racing movie called Go Like Hell in which he’ll play Mustang designer Carroll Shelby as it tells the story of the rivalry between Ford and Ferrari to become the premium sports car during the 1960s Le Mans race. Oblivion director Joseph Kosinski is attached to reunite with Cruise for that one.
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