The Jack Reacher that Alan Ritchson plays in Amazon Prime Video’s new series Reacher is as close to the vision that exists in author Lee Child’s head… yet still different in one or two key areas. Basically, it’s physically impossible for an authentic human being to mirror the stature and solid mass that Child describes when he writes Jack Reacher on a page. As big as Ritchson is – and believe me, he’s massive and trained to fight – he’s always going to fall a little short (no pun intended) of the Reacher readers have been reading about for years. But showrunner Nick Santora just revealed another adjustment that had to be made when bringing the character from the page to the screen.
Those who read the Lee Child series on Jack Reacher know that the traveling investigator doesn’t waste time on words. He’s a man of action, of analysis, and of deep thought. These thoughts can be described in Child’s colorful text, but they’d make for a dull on-screen hero. So Nick Santora admitted to TVLine:
As a rabid Jack Reacher fan, I will have to admit that hearing Alan Ritchson talk as much as he does in the series was… unusual. Reacher is the textbook definition of the strong and silent type, but Nick Santora brings up an excellent point that such an approach to a lead character wouldn’t work that well for a show.
I do like that, when figuring out how to adapt the story, they brought over the element of Reacher really only choosing WHO he shares his information with, because there are plenty of people in Reacher that our main hero can not trust as he works to get to the bottom of the crimes that are occurring in the rural Georgia town in which he has landed. And Reacher certainly doesn’t pull back on the knuckle-smashing brutality that comes with a Lee Child story – which helps Reacher to become one of the best Amazon Prime Video shows available on the streamer right now.
We know that there will be a Reacher season two, and star Alan Ritchson told us the Lee Child book that he’d like to adapt. We will keep track of the progress on the next series, though it likely won’t be available on the streaming service until at least the end of 2023. Can’t wait that long? Scan our list of the 2022 TV Premiere Dates to see what other shows you can start investing in.
Your Daily Blend of Entertainment News
Sean O’Connell is a journalist and CinemaBlend’s Managing Editor. Sean created ReelBlend, which he proudly cohosts with Jake Hamilton and Kevin McCarthy. And he's the author of RELEASE THE SNYDER CUT, the Spider-Man history book WITH GREAT POWER, and an upcoming book about Bruce Willis.