Despite earning Paramount $700 million worldwide with Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, it looks like Tom Cruise won’t be getting to go ahead from the studio to turn his newest action film, Jack Reacher, into a franchise. Nothing is official just yet but if the film can’t do big business at the box office overseas, then it looks like plans for the sequel may be abandoned.
Though the film received mediocre reviews from critics, many still hoped that the studio would give Cruise another chance, especially given the fact that author Lee Child has written over 15 novels about the character. In fact, the original plan when developing the film was to turn it into a franchise, using Child’s novels as the basis for each new film. Unfortunately though, it looks like the train may be stopping after just one stop.
Made on a $60 million budget, the film’s $150 million-plus worldwide haul isn’t anything to scoff at, but apparently Paramount is looking for $250 million before it will entertain the idea of a sequel. Now, there still is hope for all you Reacher fans out there. The film has yet to be released in markets like Japan, China and more. If it makes a splash overseas, it could hit that 250 mark. It will be tough, but not impossible.
Personally, I wouldn’t mind seeing a Jack Reacher sequel. The first film wasn’t great but it did have its moments. I was also impressed with what Cruise was able to do with the character. If the proposed sequel can learn from the mistakes of the first film and make some improvements, this whole franchise idea could work out. There’s certainly more than enough source material to draw from.
What do you think? Do you want to see a sequel to Jack Reacher? Did you enjoy the film? Which book do you want to see used for the sequel?
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