Director Christopher McQuarrie is still in the process of directing Mission: Impossible 5, the latest installment of the title franchise with scribe Drew Pearce and lead actor Tom Cruise for its December 25, 2015. In the meantime, it appears that the two will not be partnering again for a second offering in the forthcoming Jack Reacher sequel from Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions, following its announcement late last year.
Empire spoke to author Lee Child whose 2005 novel, “One Shot”, inspired its live action iteration a few years ago in which Cruise plays a U.S. Army Military Homicide investigator caught in a conspiracy involving the murder of five people. “McQuarrie is going to be in post-production on Mission: Impossible 5,” says Child. “He just physically can’t do it. It’s going to be a new backroom crew, which I think is good. I thought the McQuarrie movie was fantastic, but let’s see someone else’s take on it.”.
“One Shot” is the ninth book in Child’s book series, and it turns out the sequel will head directly into Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, based on the eighteenth book in the series published last September. The sequel is currently awaiting script completion, but has a synopsis for the time being, via JoBlo:
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.
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