Lee Child, author of the Jack Reacher novels, confirmed what audiences have been saying about the movies: Tom Cruise is too short to play Jack.
EW reports that Child says a deal is in place to adapt the series as a TV show, with a fresh face in the lead role.
The report quotes Child saying in an interview with BBC Radio Manchester host Mike Sweeney: “I really enjoyed working with Cruise. He’s a really, really nice guy. We had a lot of fun and he works really hard and he takes it really seriously. On your downtime you do crazy things with him, but ultimately the readers are right: The size of Reacher is really, really important and it’s a big component of who he is.”
Child added: “The idea is that when Reacher walks into a room, you’re all a little bit nervous just for that first minute. And Cruise, for all his talent, didn’t have that physicality.”
Child is also quoted saying: “There won’t be any more movies with Tom Cruise. Instead we’re gonna take it to Netflix or something like that — long-form streaming television — with a completely new actor. And I want all those readers who were upset about Tom Cruise to help me out. Participate in choosing the right actor for the TV series. We’re rebooting and starting over and we’re going to try and find the perfect guy.”
Child can be reached through his Facebook page by clicking here.