Tom Cruise and Christopher McQuarrie’s ONE SHOT Now Titled JACK REACHER

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Paramount’s upcoming crime thriller, starring Tom Cruise, has changed its title from One Shot to Jack Reacher.  The Christopher McQuarrie film, itself an adaptation of the Lee Child novel, “One Shot,” stars Cruise in the now title role.  In the novel, Jack Reacher is an ex-military investigator tasked with tracking down a serial sniper.  Known for his imposing size (6’5”, 250 lbs), Cruise was seen as an odd choice for the role, but was supported by the author himself.  Jack Reacher also stars Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins, Robert Duvall, David Oyelowo and Werner Herzog as the villain.  Keep an eye out over the next couple of weeks for the first trailer to drop.  Hit the jump for more on Jack Reacher, which opens this December 21st.

According to THR, Cruise fueled speculation that One Shot would get a title change when he kept referring to the project as Jack Reacher earlier this year at CinemaCon.  We’ve also presented somewhat of a confirmation of the title change in these promotional posters from Cannes.  For a look at Cruise in action, check out these set photos in Pittsburgh from a few months back.  McQuarrie will direct the adaptation from his own script.  Here’s a look at the synopsis from the “One Shot” novel:

Six shots. Five dead. One heartland city thrown into a state of terror. But within hours the cops have it solved: a slam-dunk case. Except for one thing. The accused man says: You got the wrong guy. Then he says: Get Reacher for me.

And sure enough, ex—military investigator Jack Reacher is coming. He knows this shooter–a trained military sniper who never should have missed a shot. Reacher is certain something is not right–and soon the slam-dunk case explodes.

Now Reacher is teamed with a beautiful young defense lawyer, moving closer to the unseen enemy who is pulling the strings. Reacher knows that no two opponents are created equal. This one has come to the heartland from his own kind of hell. And Reacher knows that the only way to take him down is to match his ruthlessness and cunning–and then beat him shot for shot. [Amazon]

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  • LEM

    Jack Reacher is an awful title. There is an epidemic of bad titles in Hollywood lately. “One Shot” sounds better or even just “Reacher” would be better.

    • Deadpool

      Agreed! Just “REACHER” would sound good… But “One Shot” still is better then both. Why does Hollywood have no clue how to sell movies these days?

  • guy

    i can’t help but think this title is a bad idea given tom cruise’s love of giving guys REACH-arounds and JACKing-them off.

  • Yeti Murphy

    i guess the producers think that they will get more widespread exposure by telling people that this character is finally being brought to life. a horrible idea, one that they should have learned from after the failure of john carter, a character who has a far bigger fan base than reacher. and although one shot is more ambiguous, its far less bland and sounds more like an action movie. if that billboard is what all the marketing is gonna like like, relying only on tom cruise’s name and the character, then this movie is going to bomb.

  • Underground Anthem TX

    Agree with most everybody on the title– what was wrong with One Shot?

    I’m looking forward to this one, though– been waiting for Christopher McQuarrie to direct another feature ever since “Way of the Gun”, one of my all-time favorites.

  • Edward Lee

    Good grief. At this point, why not just call it JOHN CARTER?

  • Azalp Yerbua

    This movie is gonna bomb so bad. Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher is totally unbelievable.

    I won’t be reading any more Lee Child books after this travesty.

  • Rev. Slappy

    He’s too young, but Chris Hemsworth is physically the right type for Reacher.

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  • Marvin Johnson

    I saw the movie at a special screening and it’s a really good movie, however I don’t agree with the title change, One Shot is a better title for the movie, but I think they are trying to make sequels if the movie is a hit, and Jack Reacher is a badass like Jack Bauer, so they want to focus on the characters name. Just my opinion.

  • Marvin Johnson

    I saw the movie at a special screening and it\’s a really good movie, however I don\’t agree with the title change, One Shot is a better title for the movie, but I think they are trying to make sequels if the movie is a hit, and Jack Reacher is a badass like Jack Bauer, so they want to focus on the characters name. Just my opinion.

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