Director Ed Zwick Reteaming with Tom Cruise for 'Jack Reacher 2'

Now they have my attention. It's being reported by Deadline that Paramount and Skydance are looking to hire Edward Zwick (aka Ed Zwick) for the in-development Jack Reacher sequel, which will once again star Tom Cruise. Based on Lee Child's book series, the first film followed Cruise as Jack Reacher being framed for killing innocent people, and was directed by Christopher McQuarrie. While McQuarrie has since moved on to direct Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation, he will still be executive producing this. Cruise will return for Jack Reacher 2 with Zwick at the helm, directing a script by Richard Wenk that will be revised by Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz before they start filming. A few more details on this next one found below.

Early word is that Jack Reacher 2 will be based on the book Never Go Back, published in 2013. "Reacher heads back to his old military base in Virginia to take a woman to dinner who is now the commanding officer. By the time he gets there, she has been arrested, and Reacher finds himself being charged with pummeling one guy and fathering a child with a woman. He can't remember either transgression but gets to the bottom of it with cunning and sometimes brute force." We'll keep an eye out for development details. Zwick and Cruise worked on The Last Samurai together, one of my favorite films, but that was years ago. Zwick's most recent features have been Pawn Sacrifice, Love & Other Drugs and Defiance. Stay tuned for more.