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One Shot adaptation starring Tom Cruise has been retitled to Jack Reacher

May. 31, 2012by: Alejandro Stepenberg

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In what is clearly an attempt to establish another franchise for the one and only Tom Cruise, Paramount has scrapped the original title of ONE SHOT for its first Lee Child adaptation and changed the name to match that of the main character: JACK REACHER.  Which works just fine and was, to be fair, kind of expected anyway.

One concern expressed by fans of the Jack Reacher series by Lee Child (of which ONE SHOT is #9) is that Cruise in no way fits the physicality of Reacher as described in the books, i.e. a 6'5", 250 pound giant of a man who routinely beats the ever loving shit out of various ne'er-do-wells.  But Child himself has fully endorsed Cruise's casting, and when Cruise was recently and asked what "he’d be bringing to the table to compensate, he said 'everything but the height.'”  Meanwhile the movie itself is bringing Werner Herzog to the table as its villain, which compensates for everything by being absurdly awesome.

JACK REACHER beats down cinema doors on December 21st.

Extra Tidbit: Supposedly Andrew Stanton used the title JOHN CARTER for the exact same reason, but that doesn't make it any less of a bad title considering the source material.
Source: Deadline

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9:17AM on 05/31/2012

Cruise and Schwarzenegger

Welcome back to the action franchise.
Welcome back to the action franchise.
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9:20AM on 05/31/2012

Jack Reacher...

...around

OK that was bad, I'll show myself out
...around

OK that was bad, I'll show myself out
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3:05PM on 05/31/2012
Nah, it had to be said.
Nah, it had to be said.
12:16PM on 05/31/2012

It's actually a very smart move

It's a smart move because of how many elderly readers there are of the books, and how many of them will now have a greater reason to go see the film. They're reaching a wider demographic with this title. It didn't work with John Carter because no younger audiences knew who the hell he was, and he's not a franchise character like Reacher. I work at a book store and cannot begin to tell you how many older customers buy anything with Child's name attached to it.
It's a smart move because of how many elderly readers there are of the books, and how many of them will now have a greater reason to go see the film. They're reaching a wider demographic with this title. It didn't work with John Carter because no younger audiences knew who the hell he was, and he's not a franchise character like Reacher. I work at a book store and cannot begin to tell you how many older customers buy anything with Child's name attached to it.
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3:42PM on 05/31/2012
Herzog as a villain. Talk about inspired casting. Hope it happens.

I love that Cruise doesn't take the height "issue" (he's actually not THAT short) seriously.
Herzog as a villain. Talk about inspired casting. Hope it happens.

I love that Cruise doesn't take the height "issue" (he's actually not THAT short) seriously.
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9:43AM on 05/31/2012
Ehhh. If they had to change it, why not just plain 'Reacher' ?
Ehhh. If they had to change it, why not just plain 'Reacher' ?
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10:36AM on 05/31/2012
Or why not just "Tom Cruise Action Movie" if they really want to make it so easy on everyone.
Or why not just "Tom Cruise Action Movie" if they really want to make it so easy on everyone.
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11:15AM on 05/31/2012
Didn't really work for John Carter, why would it work here ? First Name - Last Name isn't too catchy unless you already know the character. Imagine if Raiders of the Lost Ark had beed called "Indiana Jones". And what if "Die Hard" had been called "John McClane" ? This is stupid.
Didn't really work for John Carter, why would it work here ? First Name - Last Name isn't too catchy unless you already know the character. Imagine if Raiders of the Lost Ark had beed called "Indiana Jones". And what if "Die Hard" had been called "John McClane" ? This is stupid.
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2:54AM on 06/01/2012
Tom Cruise is the man. This movie is gonna rock, I just know it.
Tom Cruise is the man. This movie is gonna rock, I just know it.
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12:13AM on 06/01/2012
Not sure about this. Title sounded fine. As for Tom Cruise, I don't really care if he doesn't fit the profile, as long as it turns out fine.
Not sure about this. Title sounded fine. As for Tom Cruise, I don't really care if he doesn't fit the profile, as long as it turns out fine.
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4:39PM on 05/31/2012
Yeah, yeah...the SAME kind of fans were bitching & moaning about the casting of the 6'2"/215 lb. Hugh Jackman playing the 5'3", 195 lb. Wolverine...and look how awesome THAT turned out.

Settle down Reacher fans (I'm 1 also) & just wait for the movie.
Yeah, yeah...the SAME kind of fans were bitching & moaning about the casting of the 6'2"/215 lb. Hugh Jackman playing the 5'3", 195 lb. Wolverine...and look how awesome THAT turned out.

Settle down Reacher fans (I'm 1 also) & just wait for the movie.
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6:32PM on 05/31/2012
Tom Cruise is to Jack Reacher as a case of hot Alabama summer swamp ass is to Chanel No 5
Tom Cruise is to Jack Reacher as a case of hot Alabama summer swamp ass is to Chanel No 5
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