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If you read my posts regularly, you might be under the impression that the only movies that make me truly weak in the knees are Marvel adaptations. But my heart belongs more to rogue cops than it does superheroes, and if I could have my film wish, it would be for a renaissance of the action/thriller. And you know, I think it might be on its way ...
First comes a story from The Hollywood Reporter that Paramount has hired Josh Olson to adapt Lee Child's novel One Shot. It's the ninth in Child's Jack Reacher series -- why they aren't adapting the first, I have no idea. Now, I haven't read the series, but from all accounts Reacher is the kind of man we haven't seen onscreen since Harry Callahan or Wendell "Bud" White. And that's why Olson (who was also behind the adaptation of A History of »
- Elisabeth Rappe
<b>Josh Olson</b> has been hired to write the film adaptation of <b>Lee Child</b>'s novel <b>One Shot</b>. The story centres on Jack Reacher, a former army policeman who comes into contact with an ex-infantry specialist suspected of shooting five people. Child has written 12 books in the Reacher series, with <b>One Shot</b> being the ninth. Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter about his plans for the movie, Olson commented: "I had just finished</b> (more) »
- By Simon Reynolds
<table border="0" cellspacing="5" cellpadding="0" align="left" width="36"> <tr><td> <img src="http://www.thehollywoodnews.com/artman2/uploads/1/one-shot_thumb.jpg" alt="one-shot.jpg" width="36" height="50" /> <div class="image_caption"></div> </td></tr> </table> Josh Olson, writer of the fantastic <span style="font-weight: bold;">A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE</span>, is set to adapt Lee Child's <span style="font-weight: bold;">ONE SHOT</span>.<br /> <br /> Trade paper Variety says the book is a based around a <span style="font-weight: bold;">DIRTY HARRY</span>- like homicide investigator who seeks the truth behind what seems an open-and-shut murder case after a trained military sniper is arrested for shooting five random victims.<br /> <br /> The film is housed over at Paramount. »
Paramount has hired screenwriter Josh Olson to adapt the book "One Shot" written by Lee Child. The story centers on a Dirty Harry-like homicide investigator who seeks the truth behind what seems like an open-and-shut murder case after a trained military sniper is arrested for shooting five random victims. Olson previously wrote the scripts for Instinct to Kill and A History of Violence, and is setup to write and direct an adaptation of Dennis Lehane's short story "Until Gwen." The project doesn't exactly have a producer, since it was originally supposed to be with Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner, but they since left the studio. This is an exciting story and should be a great film, let's just hope they find a great director for it. The book has received some rather fantastic reviews on Amazon. "Reacher is perhaps the best new leading man of this decade: as smart »
- Alex Billington
Author Lee Child's roving ex-army cop Jack Reacher (how come tough guys are never named Stanley or Purvis?) has seen plenty of novelized adventures, but he's somehow never made it to the big screen despite several attempts. That might finally change now that Paramount has put screenwriter Josh Olson (A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE) to work adapting Child's book ONE SHOT. The story finds the long-running thriller series' reticent hard-hitting hero investigating a former Gulf War sniper accused of »
- Dave Davis
25 September 2008 5:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
The "One Shot" project originally was submitted to the studio by Mutual Film Corp.'s Don Granger, who went on to work for Cruise/Wagner Prods. when it was still at Paramount. Olson now is writing a thriller sprung from the novel. The producer deals -- which may or may not still include C/W's Tom Cruise, Paula Wagner and Granger -- are still being worked out.
Marc Evans is overseeing for the studio.
"One Shot" is part of a series of suspense novels about Jack Reacher, an ex-Army policeman who, in this instance, gets tangled up with an ex-infantry specialist arrested for shooting five people.
"I had just finished watching the first two Dirty Harry movies on Blu-ray," Olson said. "And I thought, 'No one's making movies like that anymore. »
- By Jay A. Fernandez and Borys Kit
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