First Look: Jack Reacher
Find out the latest on the new Jack Reacher TV series coming to Amazon Prime, based on the bestselling books by Lee Child. Image credit Getty/Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic.
Jack Reacher is back. Not for another film this time, but for a thrilling new TV series for Amazon Prime.
While there’s been no specific mention of a number of series being made, it seems likely that Amazon and the show’s producers hope to make Jack Reacher a regular feature on the streaming service. This inaugural season is based on the first Reacher book Lee Child published, his 1997 award-winning debut Killing Floor – a novel Jack Reacher fans will be only too familiar with. You’d have to imagine that the intention is to follow the chronology of the books for as long as the show’s audience is paying attention.
Let’s not get too ahead of ourselves though, eh? For now, let’s focus on the launch series…
Who’s playing Jack Reacher?
We should probably address the big question first. Who is taking on the role of everyone’s favourite retired US Army Military Police Corps Major? The answer is Titans and Smallville star Alan Ritchson. You may also have seen the man in American football comedy show Blue Mountain State, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire or playing Raphael in the recent film version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
And before anyone asks – he’s 6’2″.
The 38-year-old is physically how many readers will have imagined Lee Child’s no-nonsense, big 6’5″ hulk of a creation in their mind’s eye while reading any of the 25 Reacher novels. And not only is the North Dakota-born actor tall, he’s no stranger to a gym. The imposing Ritchson looks like he’s been chiselled out of marble.
Who else in the cast of Jack Reacher?
Joining Ritchson are Malcolm Goodwin (American Gangster), Kristin Kreuk (Smallville), Willa Fitzgerald (Dare Me), Chris Webster (The Most Dangerous Game), Marc Bendavid (Dark Matter), Willie C Carpenter (Brawl in Cell Block 99), Currie Graham (NYPD Blue) and Harvey Guillén (What We Do in the Shadows).
What can we expect from the plot?
As we’ve mentioned, this inaugural run of the Jack Reacher TV series is to be based on the very first Reacher book Lee Child wrote, Killing Floor, so the basic plot is no secret at all.
For those of you that haven’t read it, the book has us following the big man as he steps off a Greyhound bus in a small Georgia town only to be rather quickly – and rather falsely – arrested for murder. Not only does Reacher have to get himself off the hook, he soon finds he has to smash a counterfeiting ring and serve some justice to a rather nasty piece of work…
What are people saying about Jack Reacher?
Here’s what Ritchson had to say when asked if he thought the books lent themselves better to a television series as opposed to films: ‘I can see why it’d be exciting as a film, but the slow burn is what I love so much about the books. The way that he goes down the checklist and picks apart these cases, you need time. It’s okay to enjoy that. I think spending a season on each book is gonna be really enjoyable for audiences.’
Showrunner Nick Santora – who has worked on shows like The Sopranos, Prison Break, FBI and Lie to Me – added: ‘Lee Child has created an incredible character and world. It will be the goal of every writer, producer, actor, executive and crew member to capture the essence of Mr Child’s books. Luckily Lee has been there, and will continue to be there, to help guide us along the way in this series. He is the pulse of Reacher.’
The projected audience for the series is pretty huge. The books have sold well over 100 million copies across 49 different languages, and it was quite a coup for Amazon to sign up Jack Reacher, really. The franchise was recently valued at over $1bn.
And of course this isn’t the first time Amazon has launched a blockbuster thriller series based on a series of hugely successful novels. How will Jack Reacher compare to Jack Ryan? Well, only time will tell – but we’re fairly sure who we’d back in a fight between the two.
When is Jack Reacher coming to Amazon Prime?
There’s no official release date scheduled for the series as yet. It appears to be a seven-parter that’s not yet in post-production as we write this. Check back for more info as we receive it!
Can’t wait for the Jack Reacher TV series on Amazon Prime? Let us know in the comments below – and in the meantime, why not delve into the books behind the show or pre-order the brand new Jack Reacher thriller, Better Off Dead?