(Pocket-lint) – With Amazon Prime’s new show Reacher re-casting the main character of Jack Reacher, things just got a little more complicated for those looking to move from Lee Child’s excellent books to see some on-screen version of his intricate plots.
Here, we’ll guide you through the key details you need to know about how to watch the show, as well as how they interact with the Tom Cruise movies, and whether there are more seasons coming down the pike.
How to watch the Jack Reacher TV show
The new TV show will release on Amazon Prime Video on 4 February 2022, so it’s right around the corner.
This means that regardless of where you’re based, you can just take out an Amazon Prime Video membership or trial to get access to Prime Video and be able to watch the season at no extra cost.
Best order to watch Jack Reacher in
The big thing to understand is that the Amazon show is a complete reboot of the character – there is no continuity between the two Tom Cruise movies, Jack Reacher and Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, the last of which was released in 2016.
Tom Cruise’s casting was famously controversial since he’s a notably short man despite his significant action movie experience, and Jack Reacher is described in the books as practically giant, as well as being blond.
This means that if you’re looking to watch all of the adaptations out there right now you can basically do it in two chunks:
First, check out the two Tom Cruise movies, starting with Jack Reacher and then moving on to Never Go Back.
Then, you can move over to the new Amazon series, which has cast Alan Ritchson in the title role.
What is Jack Reacher based on?
Lee Child has written a huge swathe of Jack Reacher novels, each broadly revolving around his hero arriving in a town or city, finding out something very wrong is happening, and trying to put it right through often brutal means.
The two Tom Cruise movies were based on the mid-series books One Shot and Never Go Back, although they played with the plots a little.
The new TV series on Amazon is based on Killing Floor, the first Reacher novel, and takes a slower pace to go through the book in eight episodes with a bit more time spent on certain sequences.
Will there be a Jack Reacher season 2?
Amazon Prime moved really quickly to announce just a few days after the first series’ launch that Reacher will be coming back for a second series, after apparently making a debut that ranks in the streaming platform’s top five shows ever.
This means that we can expect another of Lee Child’s novels to get adapted, and it’ll be interesting to see which is picked – whether the production team will follow the order of publication, for example, or instead pick the stories they like most. After all, while there are threads joining them together, each Reacher novel is pretty close to self-contained.
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