Amazon casts Alan Ritchson in Jack Reacher
Staff Reporter | On 05, Sep 2020
Amazon has found its Jack Reacher, with Alan Ritchson cast in the lead role of its upcoming series.
The drama is based on the character from Lee Child’s international bestselling series of books, who was famously portrayed by Tom Cruise in two movie outings. With fans of the novels criticising Cruise’s lack of height as not being faithful to the books, the pressure has been on Amazon to find a more accurate match for the character. Now, it has, in the form of Blue Mountain State star Ritchson.
The actor, who played Gloss in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, can currently be seen in DC Universe’s Titans and has previously played Aquaman in Smallville.
Produced by Amazon Studios, Skydance Television and Paramount Television Studios, this new take on Reacher will be written by Nick Santora (Scorpion, Prison Break), who will also executive produce and serve as showrunner for the series. The first season will be based on the first Jack Reacher novel, The Killing Floor.
Amazon greenlights Jack Reacher series
Jack Reacher is coming back to our screens, but not as we’ve seen him before.
Amazon Studios has greenlit Jack Reacher, a drama based on the character from Lee Child’s international bestselling series of books, which is published in 49 languages and 101 territories and has sold 100 million books to date.
The character has most recently been seen on the big screen, with Tom Cruise playing him in two films, 2012’s Jack Reacher (pictured) and 2016’s Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. But fans of the novels responded poorly to the movies, comparing that Cruise’s height – or lack thereof – stopped the films being faithful to the source material.
Produced by Amazon Studios, Skydance Television and Paramount Television Studios, this new take on Reacher will be written by Nick Santora (Scorpion, Prison Break), who will also executive produce and serve as showrunner for the series. The first season will be based on the first Jack Reacher novel, The Killing Floor, and promises to be much more faithful to the text.
“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 – and 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,” says Santora.
“It’s been great so far, but really, the fun starts here. By now I know these guys, and Reacher is in the perfect hands, believe me.”
“Lee Child’s Jack Reacher books series is a global phenomenon with one of entertainment’s most well-known heroes, and a perfect fit for Amazon Studios’ slate of bold, character-driven series,” comments Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon Studios. “We look forward to expanding the of the Jack Reacher universe and bringing more thrilling action to our Amazon Prime Video audience.”
In addition to Santora, the series will be executive produced by Lee Child, Don Granger, Scott Sullivan and Christopher McQuarrie, with David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, and Marcy Ross executive producing for Skydance. Carolyn Harris oversees the series for Skydance.