The Reacher TV Show: Navigating the Adaptation of Jack Reacher Novels

The Reacher TV Show: Navigating the Adaptation of Jack Reacher Novels

Exploring the choices the Prime Video show has when it comes to adapting the Jack Reacher novels for the screen, and the books it should avoid.

Navigating the Adaptation

The Reacher TV show, based on Lee Child's Jack Reacher novels, has sparked a discussion about the choices it faces in adapting the source material for the screen.

Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher looking confident in the 2012 movie.

Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher looking confident in the 2012 movie.

The action series, which has already completed two seasons, has the potential to draw inspiration from the extensive collection of Jack Reacher novels. However, there are two books that the Prime Video show needs to steer clear of to maintain its originality and avoid comparisons with previous adaptations.

Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher with an out-of-focus woman in the background in the 2012 movie

Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher with an out-of-focus woman in the background in the 2012 movie

The show has followed a unique approach, with season 1 based on Killing Floor, the first book in the Jack Reacher franchise, and season 2 jumping to Bad Luck and Trouble, the 11th book in the series. This non-linear adaptation aligns with the nature of the novels, allowing for flexibility in choosing the source material for each season.

Reacher surrounded by the new season 2 cast looking at some documents on the hood of a car

Reacher surrounded by the new season 2 cast looking at some documents on the hood of a car

Books to Avoid

The Prime Video show must steer clear of two specific books in the Jack Reacher series to maintain its originality and avoid overlap with previous adaptations.

Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher in the poster for Jack Reacher

Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher in the poster for Jack Reacher

These two books, One Shot and Never Go Back, have already been adapted into movies starring Tom Cruise. The first movie, released in 2012, was based on the ninth book, One Shot, while the sequel, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, was adapted from the 18th book in the series. The cinematic adaptations of these books have already been explored and revisiting them would detract from the show's fresh take on the source material.

Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher and Danika Yarosh as Samantha in Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher and Danika Yarosh as Samantha in Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

While the movies had their successes, they also faced criticism from fans of the books due to the disparity between the physical dimensions of Jack Reacher in the novels and the portrayal by Tom Cruise. This disparity led to a lack of enthusiasm among book fans, highlighting the importance of staying true to the source material in the TV adaptation.

Tom Cruise as the title character holding out his hands in front of a cowboy painting in Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

Tom Cruise as the title character holding out his hands in front of a cowboy painting in Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

Expanding Horizons

With a vast collection of Jack Reacher novels at its disposal, the Prime Video series has the opportunity to explore a multitude of captivating storylines and characters. The books, written in a way that allows them to be read in any order, provide the show with the freedom to select from a wide array of source material for future seasons.

As of 2023, there are 28 Jack Reacher novels in total, with the 29th due in 2024, offering the series an abundance of untapped material for potential seasons. The non-linear nature of the novels also grants the writers the liberty to choose any book for adaptation, providing endless possibilities for the show's future.

CATEGORY:

NEW POSTS

Same tag
You may be interested
Editor: Rose

Hello, I'm Rose, a devoted fan of Japanese anime, manga & game. I'm captivated by the rich storytelling, vibrant characters, and imaginative worlds they offer. Let's explore this colorful universe together!

0 Rate
1
0 Rate
2
0 Rate
3
0 Rate
4
0 Rate
5
0 Rate
Choose your rating score:
Name (*)
Phone number (*)
Email (*)
Rating content