Jack Reacher may not have been a massive blockbuster, but with a $220 million worldwide gross (on a $60 million budget), Paramount has decided it’s worth making a sequel. Deadline reports that Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions are officially developing a follow-up based on Lee Child’s novel, Never Look Back. Tom Cruise is once more attached to star.
It’s not clear when it may shoo. Rumours had suggested they may try to slot it in before Tom shoots Mission: Impossible 5, which is set for release on December 25, 2015. Paramount are currently denying that claim, although they did confirm that this sequel is on the fast track.
Never Look Back is the latest of the Jack Reacher novels. It sees Jack return to his old military base in Virginia, where he is set to take the new female commanding officer out to dinner. However he discovers that she has been arrested, and Jack is also facing charges of assaulting a man and fathering a child. Reacher has no recollection of any of these things happening, which understandably starts him looking into what has happened.
Paramount is currently seeking writers for the project. Christopher McQuarrie wrote and directed Jack Reacher, but now that he’s signed up for Mission: Impossible 5, he doesn’t have time to write the Reacher sequel at the moment. However, if Never Look Back does shoot after M:I5, McQuarrie way direct.