‘Jack Reacher 2’ Gets an October 21, 2016 Release Date
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.
Jack Reacher 2 is based on author Lee Child’s Never Go Back, the 18th book in the Jack Reacher series. This particular entry finds Reacher, a military policeman turned wandering hobo/solver of mysteries, attempting to reunite with his old commander, only to discover that she’s been arrested. All kinds of ass-kicking ensues.
Although original writer/director Christopher McQuarrie won’t be back for round two, the sequel will re-team Cruise with Ed Zwick, who previously directed him in The Last Samurai. Zwick is a capable journeyman – if we’re going to get a new Jack Reacher adventure every few years, he’s the kind of guy you’d expect to carry the torch. Hopefully, he’ll stick to the template established by McQuarrie and focus on crafting a genuinely complex mystery that is interrupted just often enough by low-key, practical action.
With a little luck, he’ll also change the title to Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. Or honestly anything else.