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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?

Killing Floor

Lee Child

47 Comments

    The Cruise movies were what got me into Jack Reacher, so I’ll always have a soft spot for them (and honestly, I think the first one is a pretty solid adaptation) but I’m so so excited for this show and a more accurate Reacher. If they do a new season a year and let Ritchson age with the role like the books, this could go for a while and be very exciting.

    Love Jack Reacher. Love Alan Richter even more!!!!! Can’t wait

    Read every book more than twice. Cant wait for the series to come! The new Reacher is definitely close to how I pictured him from the book descriptions.

    I’m a great fan of Lee Childs character Jack Reacher, having read numerous books, I made a mistake of watching a film featuring Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher, it has taken me quite a while to get his image out of my head because Jack Reacher he ain’t. I now have an image of someone like Tom Hardy my head, which makes what he does more real, so next film have a different actor I’m sure Jack would approve!!
    Still love your books keep them coming.

    My wife and I are big fans of Jack Reacher. When first announced that Tom Cruise was going to play him, it really put us off. Waited until it came out on cable to watch. We are looking forward to watching the new series.

    Good news: A Jack Reacher series.
    Great news: No Tom Cruise.
    Those of us who ask these burning question when faced with a crisis: “What would Jack Reacher do?” We look forward to a detailed, true depiction of “Reacher-isms”. With luck, Lee Child will have input as he did in the first movie. I will be glued to the TV for this series.

    Michael Connelly and Lee Child are the only men I want to be in bed with–their books I mean. I’ve had years of enjoyment reading the exploits these two geniuses have created. Bosch now Reacher–a dream come true!

    It’s about time…someone who actually looks the part…can’t wait.

    Have all Jack Reacher books. Look forward to seeing the series

    Read the books multiple times, watched the movies twice, third trip through the audio books. Waiting for the tv series is difficult , put mildly! Each season is going to be great binge watching material!

    Can’t wait for the Reacher books to be serialised on Amazon, got all his books, most of them signed by Lee, he is a lovely man, after a terrible 2020 something good to look forward to x

    Details are important – when Reacher (Cruise) let the diner in the move he went RIGHT. I enjoyed the movie but the initial detail lapse was a disappointment. I’m looking forward to this series and the next book do out soon.

    Lenora Boardman, I agree. Bosch is one of the best series i have ever watched in any genre and has really captured the tone of the books and of the man. If Killing Floor gets close to that i will be very happy.

    I am so glad Amazon is doing this series and hope to see as good a job as was done on the “Harry Bosch” series. Both Lee Child and Michael Connelly are great story tellers.

    Would love to see my fave Reacher brought to life ,unfortunately i dont have Amazon or Netflix ,just ordinary Freeview ..

    Read all of them and loved everyone. I’m so happy they found a Reacher who fits the description of what I think he should look like. Can hardly wait for the series to begin

    Looking forward to the new Jack Reacher series. Reacher always works out in his mind how things are going to pan out especially in fights. I hope they show this like in Denzel Washington’s version of the Equalizer.

    The first film was good. Cruise did his usual good job, but Mr Child is of course right, that Tom just wasn’t right for the part. I think Ritchson is a good choice. Fits the picture I have. And I think TV is a better than film, as long as there is cinematic quality, and production value, combined with a longer timeline to tell the story and develop characters. One thing that wasn’t good about the films, was that some of the detail of the character, was left out, like Jack’s playlist in his head and his love of the blues, which is important to Killing Floor. It’s the title of a Howling Wolf song after all, and the reason Jack ends up in Margrave is that he’s interested in Blind Blake. I’m sure Mr. Child could help them with the soundtrack and avoid that commercial cliche sound of a lot of films and tv action series. Apart from being true to the novel, the kind of music Jack likes will create the right atmosphere. Miles Davis, John Lee Hooker and Taj Mahal did a soundtrack for a film called The Hot Spot years ago, that would be a good starting point.

    I’m a bit concerned that they haven’t cast the part of FBI agent Picard, who in the book, is a significant character. Removing him, implies major changes to the plot, not least to the finale. I can’t see why they would try to simplify the plot when they have a television series timescale to tell the story. I really hope their standard and inspiration and look and feel is something like True Detective or Bosch or Justified, rather than a standard TV action series series. Don’t get me wrong, I like things like Prison Break or Breakout Kings, but they don’t have the production values and quality of a series like True Detective. There needs to be cinematic quality. The novels deserve it.

    Really looking forward to this and it’s good to know Reacher will be played by an actor similar in build to Lee Child’s creation – Tom Cruise may be a fine actor, but Jack Reacher he ain’t.
    Can’t wait for you to let us know when it’s due on TV.

    Can’t wsit for this to start! I am a big fan of this series, and although Tom Cruise is no Jack Reacher, he is a good actor. Just physically does not do justice to the part.

    I am a huge Jack Reacher fan and have read all the books to date.
    I am thrilled and excited about the new series and feel that who ever plays Jack Reacher should fit the bill….big and tall. Sadly, Tom Cruise was not the right fit.

    I’ve read them all multiple times and am so very excited for the series. Hopefully it runs for a very long time.

    I’ve read all the Reacher series of books and twice many of them which has spoiled me for other authors as they don’t equal Lee Child. The new series is going to be excellent and now can’t wait for its commencement!

    Looks like you had a winner. I have read all the books & all the books Diane Capri (Hunt for Jack Reacher series) has written. Love how Reacher picks apart every situation & gets ti the core of it.Can’t wait for the series to start.

    I am so excited to hear that the series is actually going to happen. I have read every book and anxiously waiting fir the next one. Love. Love. Love Jack (NMN) Reacher

    Cant wait to experience the series. The films were okay, at least in following the books, and as good as Cruise is, he is not Reacher. Would of been good to do them chronologically, but really cant wait.

    I read all 26 books and am very excited. I’m happy that they found someone a little closer looking to Reacher. Although Tom cruise did a very good job playing Reacher it would be nice to have someone a little closer to the look.

    I am a 90 year old great gramma and have read all the Reacher books. Can’t wait and at my age hurry up!

    Big Jack Reacher fan here! Had subscribed to Amazon Prime months ago just for this and was surprised Prime has more quality movies and series than Netfilx. Can’t wait…

    Waiting for air date is worse than the 364 day wait for the next book.

    Ritchson is a great pick as Reacher, and I’d hope they get 5-6 seasons out of it. A lot of the books are mediocre, so at least they can select the excellent books that would work best as a TV show.

    Looking forward to this.

    Apart from Jack Reacher, there are very few recurring characters in the books. So it will be an almost completely new cast for each series.

    Looking forward to this happening. I hope they learn from their mistakes on Jack Ryan. I am sorely frustrated that we still do not have the promised season 3 Jack Ryan on Prime yet. What the heck!! So the Jack Reacher fans will storm the bastille if they try that with “Reacher”. Smarter to do as one suggested and cover two books a year and keep em coming!!!

    I am very excited at seeing a real Jack Reacher and I hope they do make all the books. But with 27 books I have to hope they do more than one season a year as I am 80 and would need to live too long to see them all.

    Read al the books and know this actor will do them justice.
    Can’t wait 🙂

    Fantastic news. Loved Killing Floor when I first read it and was hooked on the rest of the books.
    Cannot wait

    Am a Jack Reacher fan.I hope it comes to Netflix soon.

    A gripping read, really looking forward to the series, I’ve been a Reacher fan since I read killing floor, really can’t wait

    Absolutely great news and an actor that fits the bill ,I’ve read them all and can’t wait to see it on TV .please tell them to hurry up. Yours anxiously waiting Pete Bailey .

    Really can’t wait to watch these amazing books unfold as a series.. I’ve been hooked ever since I started with the Killing Floor.. So excited.

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