Jack Reacher sequel unlikely to happen

Lukewarm box-office performance to blame

Fans of macho posturing, OTT gunplay and Tom Cruise will be disappointed with the news that a prospective Jack Reacher sequel is unlikely to materialise, thanks to the film’s lukewarm showing at the box office.

The film opened promisingly enough to a $15m opening weekend, but has only managed to hit $70m in the domestic market, a total that doesn’t look sufficient to persuade Paramount to fund round two.

The film’s global gross stands at a more healthy $153m, although according to The Hollywood Reporter the studio is thought to want that figure to reach $250m before it will countenance giving a sequel the green light.

Adapted from Lee Child’s popular series of novels, there are plenty of further stories from which a sequel could be mined, but with the first film leaving audiences and critics moderately unmoved, it now seems an unlikely prospect.

The film could yet score highly in the Asian market, where Cruise is a hugely marketable star, but for now, it seems as though Jack Reacher’s big-screen career has been put on ice…

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    • wibble

      Jan 16th 2013, 9:51

      I've read all the books, so was concerned by the casting, but in the end it was a half-decent movie. Still, it's all about the reboot these days, so give it a couple of years and re-cast with someone like Ray Stevenson, who's closer physically to the literary Reacher, and it should make a good franchise.

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    • mattburgess

      Jan 16th 2013, 11:00

      I think it would have done a lot better if it had come out in the summer. Christmas is a time for family, not action movies at the cinema. I'm really looking forward to seeing this one on DVD.

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    • ilikescifi

      Jan 16th 2013, 11:26

      I was attracted to the film because the director did The Usual Suspects and it (Reacher) was a decent film but every now and then it got hijacked by a cheesy delivery by Tom and the occasional cliche. Maybe when the book was written they weren't clichés but they sure are now after seeing a few decades of crime/investigation tv shows. Great story

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    • SargeRM

      Jan 16th 2013, 11:33

      As a massive fan of the books this news doesn't surprise me. I'm not sure what goes through the casting crews minds sometimes when they're casting actors...oh wait yes i do, $$$$ You can't grossly miscast a character like that (not being down on Cruise, i actually quite like his movies) and expect the legions of Jack Reacher fans to accept it and fork out their cash to go and see it.

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    • SteveMcc

      Jan 16th 2013, 15:25

      Ahhh this is quite sad news, I enjoyed Jack Reacher and I found it refreshing in a year that gave us some truly poor action films......looking at you 'Taken 2'! I understand that there was a lot of unrest for fans of the books, and having only read 2 I feel I my opinion was always of the 'not too bothered'. However I would say that with Tom Cruise in any action movie I always find the action scenes that bit more 'gritty' and 'enthralling' because I know that it will actually be Tom Cruise in the fight scenes and stunts! I think that is why I was not as angry as some at his casting, because I get the sense that if they had cast someone other than Jason Statham there would have been a big line of Stuntmen on set.

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    • loveroflostgirl

      Jan 16th 2013, 17:55

      It's a shame if that turns out to be the case because i rather enjoyed the film, i haven't read any of the books so i can't comment on the accurcy of the casting but i thought Tom Cruise was really good in this.

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    • Ali1748

      Jan 16th 2013, 19:39

      That's a real shame as Jack Reacher turned into a pleasant surprise for me, I really enjoyed it. Curious is this Cruise's first flop or was does that belong to the awful movie he made with Cameron Diaz a couple years back ?

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    • mattburgess

      Jan 16th 2013, 22:52

      @Ali1748 - Do you mean Knight and Day, Vanilla Sky, or Minority Report (for which she is, apparently, an uncredited bus passenger...?) ? Either way, I enjoyed all of those films :¬)

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    • mattburgess

      Jan 16th 2013, 22:54

      It's funny that stirrings of a sequel are being muted, when just a few pages away Hot Tub Time Machine is being offered a sequel because it did so well on dvd. I think it's a shame that sequels should be based so much on what's watched at the cinema - I've loved many more films on dvd than at the cinema. It's a shame that films can't be aimed for home viewing, and sequels be based on dvd sales or actual customer reviews / ratings instead of multiplex numbers.

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    • ilikescifi

      Jan 17th 2013, 13:17

      @mattburgess yes totally, i think this film should get some sequels because they actually WILL draw deeper into the stories and ultimately get more involving, as opposed to the typical rehashing of a succe$$ful concept. I don't think this film was trying to be a huge hit and it would be nice to see some more slow burning detective stories instead of the hyperbole we are fed nowadays. And i would happily rewatch this film on a lazy afternoon

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    • Ali1748

      Jan 18th 2013, 0:33

      Matt - yeah Knight and Day. Minority Reporty is an underrated classic.

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    • johnarcher

      Feb 16th 2013, 19:17

      I have read the majority of the Jack Reacher books. I have enjoyed them all. I was one of those who thought the casting of Tom Cruise was not the best and that Child's comment that Cruise "embodies the spirit" was silly. When I saw the movie, I saw it with an open mind. The thought that occurred to me while I was watching it was, "This is a good Tom Cruise movie", a little different from being a good Jack Reacher movie. With so many books to choose from, I really think that choosing a completely stand alone story that tells very little backstory of the character was a poor choice. as well. Add to all of this, the fact that the movie opened after Newtown and opposite "The Hobbit" was just really bad timing. Paramount should give the franchise another chance.

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    • markschulz

      Mar 8th 2013, 3:16

      A sequel, or more rationally a start over would be great , if and only if they get another actor as lead. Preferably not so height "challenged" as Tom Cruise. I have been a fan of the Reacher novels for some time, and it was hard to figure why they cast a 5'8" skinny guy to play a 6'5" 250 pound brute.. I generally don't bother with any Cruise films, so if the goal was to use Cruise's name as a draw sure didnt work for me.....or actually anyone I know.

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