Deadline reports that Christopher McQuarrie won’t be returning to write and direct the sequel to Jack Reacher starring Tom Cruise. Instead, Paramount is looking to hire Ed Zwick to direct and co-rewrite the script with Marshall Herskovitz, they are current in talks. The original draft was penned by Equalizer writer Richard Wenk and was expected to be based on Lee Child’s Never Go Back.
Reacher returning to the headquarters of his old Army unit where he gets arrested for an old crime he doesn’t remember committing and finds out that he may have fathered a child.
This would be a reunion of sorts for Zwick and Cruise as the two worked together on 2003’s The Last Samurai.
People have started to push the angle that McQuarrie and Cruise are having a falling-out due to the production of Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation, but it’s possible that McQuarrie simply didn’t want to return to make the sequel. It’s possible he’s getting other offers and might want to take a break from the Tom Cruise train for a couple of films.
There’s no word when they could start production on Jack Reacher: Never Go Back.