This fall production begins on not one, but two highly anticipated action film sequels (both titled after their protagonists): Jack Reacher 2 and John Wick 2. Today brings an update on the former, as director Ed Zwick has formally begun production on Jack Reacher 2, adding a couple of new cast members and giving the sequel an official title.
Jack Reacher 2
It’s going to be pretty hard to top the delightful, evil antics of filmmaker Werner Herzog, whose turn as the villain in Jack Reacher was absolutely wonderful, to say the least. And maybe Jack Reacher 2 director Ed Zwick is well-aware of the impossibility of topping Herzog — instead of trying to one-up the first film, Zwick has turned his attention to the small screen in selecting Tom Cruise’s foil for the upcoming sequel.
Jack Reacher 2 is going to be a bit of a family affair when it heads into production this November. Based on Lee Childs’ novel Never Go Back, the highly anticipated sequel is giving the eponymous hero a daughter (kind of) who just happens to already be a hero of sorts. Heroes Reborn star Danika Yarosh has joined Jack Reacher 2 in the role of Tom Cruise’s daughter.
The past few years have been kind to anyone who likes watching Tom Cruise movies. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation was everything we want out of that series, Edge of Tomorrow was one of the most fun genre movies in ages, and Jack Reacher was the best movie that you spent countless hours trying to convince your friends to watch despite its dull title. We knew that a Jack Reacher 2 was on the way, but since we apparently live in a slightly better universe than previously thought, we now know when it will hit theaters.
2012’s Jack Reacher was only a modest success at the box office, but it had a card hidden up its sleeve – it was actually a really good movie that people watched after its theatrical run and really liked. So Jack Reacher 2 is coming and for fans of stripped-down, adult-oriented thrillers who never get tired of watching Tom Cruise crash stunt cars for our amusement, that’s excellent news. It’s also excellent news for fans of Cobie Smulders, who has supposedly joined the cast.
Back in May, we learned the glorious news that Tom Cruise is returning for Jack Reacher 2, re-teaming with The Last Samurai director Ed Zwick for the action sequel. Things have been quiet since then, but a new report reveals that Cruise and Zwick will begin filming the sequel sooner than you may have assumed.
Rejoice, Tom Cruise fans and dads everywhere! Jack Reacher, Cruise’s exceedingly satisfying adaptation of Lee Child’s popular literary hero, is getting a sequel. Deadline reports that Cruise will return for Jack Reacher 2, and in doing so will reteam with The Last Samurai director Ed Zwick and producer Marshall Herskovitz. Zwick and Herskovitz will reportedly rewrite the existing Jack Reacher 2 script by Richard Wenk, and Zwick will ultimately direct the film.
One of 2012's most pleasant surprises was Christopher McQuarrie's 'Jack Reacher,' which starred Tom Cruise as the titular bad ass. As it was based on a series of books by Lee Child it seemed ready to spawn a franchise, but the film's modestly-hyped Christmas release suggested that Paramount didn't know if they had a winner. The film was a modest success, and now Paramount is working on developing a sequel.