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Out doing the publicity rounds for his chess thriller Pawn Sacrifice, Ed Zwick is inevitably fielding plenty of questions about Jack Reacher 2. Paramount officially announced the Tom Cruise-starring sequel a week or so ago in the wake of Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation's box office triumph. But, reveals Zwick, the green light for Reacher's second screen adventure was an example of good timing rather than cause and effect: more was already on the way."The [first Jack Reacher] movie performed, but not as well as they hoped," Zwick explains to Collider, "but they found in ancillary markets it performed and people just kept on buying it and streaming it and it sort of went through the roof. It had a bit of a long tail. So they were already in the process of—I’d already begun work on this, writing the draft, long before [Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation] came out."Zwick also confirms »
While Paramount held off on confirming a Jack Reacher sequel for some years, the follow-up officially received the greenlight earlier in 2015. With new director Ed Zwick at the helm, it’s full steam ahead on Reacher’s second outing and the latest addition to the franchise has offered up a few details on the forthcoming flick. During a press talk with Collider, he reveals why it took so long for that all-important thumbs up from the studio:
“The movie performed, but not as well as they hoped, but they found in ancillary markets it performed and just kept on buying it and streaming it and it sort of went through the roof. It had a bit of a long tail. So they were already in the process of – I’d already begun work on this, writing the draft, long before [Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation] came out.”
Taking over the directorial duties from Christopher McQuarrie, »
- Gem Seddon
Tom Cruise currently is riding high. After tepid reactions to such recent outputs as Rock of Ages, Oblivion and Jack Reacher, the action star once again has a bona fide hit with Mission: Impossible . Rogue Nation. You might assume that Ed Zwick, the director preparing to shoot Cruise.s Jack Reacher 2, would be looking at Christopher McQuarrie.s action-packed sequel and figuring what elements he can copy. Actually, the opposite is happening. Zwick is doing press for his upcoming chess drama Pawn Sacrifice, and spoke to Collider about his plans for Jack Reacher 2, which he.ll begin filming later this year. Instead of borrowing from Mission: Impossible -- which made headlines by hanging Tom Cruise off the side of a moving airplane . Zwick explained how the Reacher movies have to be different, saying: It.s going to be very grounded. The emotions are grounded. The action is grounded. »
Out doing press for "Pawn Sacrifice" ahead of getting to work filming the 'Reacher' follow-up in New Orleans in October, Zwick spoke with Collider and says the new film will follow the books in style in that each of the series entries can be essentially standalone:
"The nice thing about the franchise to me is that it's almost an anthology. He gets involved in something very different in each of those books with a different cast of character and a different set of circumstances of things that happen to him. I like to think this will satisfy those who really like the character, but they will see him and see this very much as a standalone movie as each of them hopes to be."
Though the first film did well, »
- Garth Franklin
Sit down with Tobey Maguire, Liev Schreiber and director Edward Zwick as they explore the genius behind the madness of American chess prodigy Bobby Fischer in a new featurette from Bleecker Street’s Pawn Sacrifice.
In a gripping true story set during the height of the Cold War, American chess prodigy Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire) finds himself caught between two superpowers when he challenges the Soviet Empire. Also starring Liev Schreiber and Peter Sarsgaard, Pawn Sacrifice chronicles Fischer’s terrifying struggles with genius and madness, and the rise and fall of a kid from Brooklyn who captured the imagination of the world.
“The political moment of confrontation between East and West is such an interesting and rich moment dramatically,” says Zwick. “The idea of this kid from Brooklyn going up against the great Soviet Bear was irresistible on so many levels. Then, it also deals with the odd and sometimes »
- Michelle McCue
"What were you doing - were you spying on me?" A fascinating new featurette has debuted for the film Pawn Sacrifice, starring Tobey Maguire as chess prodigy Bobby Fischer. The film is an extensive look at Fischer's time battling Russian rival Boris Spassky in the 70's (read my Tiff review). The featurette looks at Fischer's various problems and paranoia that made him so unique, and made him a bit crazy. There's a great collection of scenes from this intersperse with the explanations of what's going on in his mind. In addition to Maguire, Pawn Sacrifice stars Liev Schreiber, Lily Rabe, Michael Stuhlbarg & Peter Sarsgaard. If you're a chess fan, or Bobby Fischer aficionado, or any of this makes you curious, I recommend this film. Here's the new making of featurette for Edward Zwick's Pawn Sacrifice, on YouTube (via Collider): American chess phenomenon Bobby Fischer (Maguire) squares off against »
- Alex Billington
It looks like 50-year-old action star Tom Cruise won’t be taking any downtime this year. Riding the box office success of the latest installment in the Mission Impossible series (read our review here), Cruise is set to start work on another sequel. This time he’s teaming up with director Edward Zwick (Glory, The Last Samurai) for a follow up to 2012’s Jack Reacher. The film was a modest hit, making over $200M at the global box office, and gives Cruise another franchise vehicle to play with.
New York Times Best Selling Author Lee Child is the mind behind Jack Reacher and has penned 19 novels featuring Reacher since 1997. His 20th book in the series, Make Me, is scheduled for release later this year. When casting of Cruise was first announced, many long-time readers complained he didn’t fit the bill for the larger-than-life former Army MP (Reacher is well »
- Jeff Bricker
According to The Wrap, How I Met Your Mother alum and Avengers: Age of Ultron star Cobie Smulders is in early talks to join Tom Cruise in Jack Reacher 2. Christopher McQuarrie directed the first movie which was released in 2012 and earned over $218 million worldwide. However, Ed Zwick (The Last Samurai) will be
- Josh Wilding
Even though Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation is still currently wowing moviegoers across the world, it looks as though Tom Cruise isn’t going to return as Ethan Hunt immediately. He'll reprise that role before too long, but first Cruise wants to make a sequel to another action film that he made with director Christopher McQuarrie: Jack Reacher. The follow-up looks like it has made a huge leap forward, as it has reportedly acquired its female lead in the shape of Cobie Smulders. The Wrap reports that The Avengers, Avengers: Age Of Ultron, and How I Met Your Mother actress is now in early discussions to star in Jack Reacher 2, which is scheduled to start filming this November. But rather than holding these talks with the writer and director of the original, Christopher McQuarrie, she chatted with Ed Zwick, who has replaced the Academy Award-winning writer and »
According to The Wrap, Cobie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother, The Avengers) is in early talks for the female lead in Jack Reacher 2, director Ed Zwick’s follow-up to the Christopher McQuarrie-directed thriller.
Smulders will reportedly play the character of Danika in the sequel, which will see Tom Cruise reprising the title role of the former military cop in what is thought to be an adaptation of Never Go Back, the eighteenth novel in author Lee Child’s book series.
Production is expected to get underway on Jack Reacher 2 in November, but as yet there’s no word on a possible release date.
- Gary Collinson
Over the course Edge of Tomorrow and Christopher McQuarrie’s recent box office hit Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, Tom Cruise has been fortunate to star opposite strong female leads in Emily Blunt and Rebecca Ferguson, respectively. Now, with Cruise primed to return as the one-man reign of terror later this year, sources close to the nascent project have told The Wrap that Avengers star Cobie Smulders is in talks to co-lead Jack Reacher 2.
Should all the kinks be ironed out, the outlet reports that Smulders would be in line to play a character known as Danika – though whether this is a pseudonym of some form is up for question, considering that Danika isn’t a prominent role in Lee Child’s prestigious novel series. Nevertheless, this would mean that the actress would supplant Gone Girl‘s Rosamund Pike, who acted as the leading female of the original Jack Reacher »
- Michael Briers
If you've enjoyed Cobie Smulders turn as an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. in Marvel's universe, you're about to see her star alongside one of today's great leading men. Shooting is set to begin in 3 months' time, and word is that director Edward Zwick has chosen Cobie to star alongside Tom Cruise in Jack Reacher 2. The film is said to follow Reacher as he heads back to his old... Read More »
- Sean Wist
S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Maria Hill herself, actress Cobie Smulders, is reportedly in early talks to play the female lead role of Danika opposite Tom Cruise in the upcoming "Jack Reacher" sequel at Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions.
The first film was an adaptation of Lee Child's novel "One Shot," the tenth of around twenty novels so far which focus on the popular Jack Reacher character, a former major in the U.S. Military Police Corps who quit and now roams America taking odd jobs and investigating suspicious situations.
The new film is expected to be based on the eighteenth Reacher novel "Never Go Back" which came out in 2013. That story has Reacher returning to his old military base in Virginia where the female commanding officer has been arrested. He has also found himself being charged with assault and illegitimately fathering a child, though can't recall doing either. »
- Garth Franklin
Hot on the heels of the recent news that revealed the production start date and expected release date for Paramount's Jack Reacher sequel, a new report has revealed that the upcoming film may have found its female lead in an Avengers star. The Wrap is reporting that Cobie Smulders (Avengers: Age Of Ultron) is in early negotiations to star opposite Tom Cruise (Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation) in the Ed Zwick-directed sequel, which is expected to start shooting this November and is said to be an adaptation of Lee Child's 2013 novel Never Go Back. Details about her character are being kept under wraps, but the name of the character is reportedly Danika. Smulders, who is probably best known on Cbm for her role as Agent Maria Hill in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, has been having a big year as she followed up on her appearance in Marvel's Avengers: Age Of Ultron »
On the publicity trailer for Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, Tom Cruise was chatty when it came to a Mission: Impossible 6 (he said it would film next summer) as well as a possible Edge of Tomorrow sequel. His next film is Mena with Edge director Doug Liman, but after that he'll move to Jack Reacher 2 with his Last Samurai helmer Ed Zwick directing and now we know his co-star. Avengers co-star Cobie Smulders is in early talks to play the female lead in the feature which will be based on author Lee Child's "Never Go Back," in which Reacher (Cruise) travels to U.S. Army Military Police Corps headquarters and finds his commanding officer has been arrested. Production on the film is expected to begin in November with Paramount planning a late 2016 release. Cruise's Mena, meanwhile, isn't set to hit theaters until Jan 6, 2017. The Wrap »
- Brad Brevet
After playing Agent Maria Hill in the blockbuster “Avengers” movies, Cobie Smulders is poised to add another action franchise to her resume, as she’s in early talks to play the female lead opposite Tom Cruise in “Jack Reacher 2,” multiple individuals familiar with the project have told TheWrap. Ed Zwick is set to direct from a script by Richard Wenk that Zwick recently rewrote with longtime collaborator Marshall Herskovitz. Rosamund Pike played the female lead in the original “Jack Reacher,” but as evidenced by his “Mission: Impossible” franchise, Cruise likes to switch up his female leads to keep things fresh. »
- Jeff Sneider and Beatrice Verhoeven
Tom Cruise is enjoying one of the biggest hits of his career right now, as Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation is proving to be a sizeable late summer hit. It's on course to outgross Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, and that in turn will make it the most lucrative (in revenue terms) film of Cruise's career.
But is it Cruise's name or the power of the Mission: Impossible films that have helped give the film a springboard? It helps enormously that the film was very good of course, but Paramount Pictures is keen to test Cruise's star power, by moving ahead with Jack Reacher 2 later this year.
Tom Cruise’s breathless action films are matched only by the actor’s work rate. Fresh off of Christopher McQuarrie’s relatively successful Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, the Hollywood legend is headed back to a similar genre piece in Jack Reacher, with The Hollywood Reporter noting that Cruise will begin filming on the sequel this November as expected.
For Paramount’s follow-up, Ed Zwick supplants McQuarrie in the director’s chair, and the film will once again be based on Lee Child’s expansive series of action novels. Before Jack Reacher struggled to bring in the real big bucks – despite a haul of $218.3 million – the studio had expressed its interest in spinning out Child’s literary franchise into a bona fide action juggernaut, though the tepid box office return quickly cooled such plans. Nevertheless, Paramount is still keen on that Jack Reacher sequel, with early reports indicating that the production »
- Michael Briers
2012’s Jack Reacher was released amid a wave of controversy. Many felt that leading man Tom Cruise wasn’t right for the part of novelist Lee Child’s famed detective, and its so-so reviews and modest box-office probably go some way to supporting that theory.
You can’t keep a good Cruise down though, because a sequel is now set to start filming in November.
The original movie was directed by Christopher McQuarrie, and played like an old-school throwback to the sort of hard-boiled, quippy sixties cinema associated with Steve McQueen. I personally loved the movie, both Cruise’s performance and the narrative had a distinct “no bulls**t” aura hanging around them, and it kick-started with one of the best cold opens of recent years.
Apparently Jack Reacher was quite a hit in ancillary markets, which coupled with Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation’s strong on-going performance, probably »
- Daniel Kelly
It looks like Tom Cruise's schedule is firming up with two upcoming high-profile sequels he's involved in reportedly locking down production dates.
THR reports that filming on the "Jack Reacher" sequel is slated to kick off in November ahead of a late 2016 release.
At last report Ed Zwick would helm the film based on Lee Child's eighteenth Reacher novel "Never Go Back". That book sees him returning to his old military base in Virginia where he's charged with a violent incident and faced with a paternity case. Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz are working on the script.
The report also says that Paramount are pushing forward fast with a sixth "Mission: Impossible" film with plans to shoot that instalment next summer for a June or July 2017 release. »
- Garth Franklin
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