Tom Cruise to Star in Adaptation of Bestselling Thriller ‘One Shot’

Tom CruiseWhen you think of a 6-foot-5, 250-pound former military cop set to the open road with nothing but his passport and a penchant for breaking people’s bones, you’re clearly going to be reminded of Tom Cruise. Right? … Right?

Well, at least the people behind the film adaptation of Lee Child’s novel One Shot are. The story, part of a series, follows Jack Reacher, described above, on a mission to resolve a mysterious sniper shooting that killed five people. Paramount Pictures will co-finance with Skydance Productions and distribute worldwide.

Lee Child is trusting the adaptation of one of his fifteen bestsellers to not only the diminutive Cruise, but also writer/director Christopher McQuarrie. McQuarrie is not an obvious choice for failure—his greatest claim would be the screenplay for The Usual Suspects. However, collaboration with Cruise has not served him well in the past, as in the 2008 World War II-era thriller Valkyrie, wherein all the “good” Germans’ accents were American and English, and the “bad” ones’ were…German.

Still, Child seems excited about the project, alleging that Cruise will adequately represent what the Jack Reacher character embodies.

Cruise is also set to star in Oblivion, a film written and directed by Joseph Kosinski (in his sophomore project after Tron: Legacy), this January. Which project comes first for the megastar remains to be seen.

Source: Deadline

Staff editor Michael Arbeiter’s natural state of being can best be described as “mild panic attack.” His earliest memories of growing up in Queens, New York, involve nighttime conversations with a voice from his bedroom wall (the jury’s still out on what that was all about) and a love for classic television that spawned from the very first time he was allowed to watch “The Munsters.” Attending college at SUNY Binghamton, a 20-year-old Michael learned two things: that he could center his future on this love for TV and movies, and that dragons never actually existed — he was kind of late in the game on that one.