"Jack Reacher" is getting a screen reboot — because Tom Cruise is considered "too short."
Cruise starred in two "Jack Reacher" movies, which performed decently at the box office. At the time, many fans of the books by author Lee Child complained that the actor was not tall enough to play the main character, who is described as a hulking figure.
Now, Child is saying he agrees with them. And so, he's working on turning his books into a television series — starring someone who isn't Cruise.
"I really enjoyed working with Cruise. He’s a really, really nice guy. We had a lot of fun,” Child told BBC Radio. "But ultimately the readers are right. The size of Reacher is really, really important and it’s a big component of who he is. The idea is that when Reacher walks into a room, you’re all a little nervous just for that first minute. And Cruise, for all his talent, didn’t have that physicality."
Child explained he wants to take his work "to Netflix or something like that. Long form streaming television, with a completely new actor."
He added that he wants fans to participate in casting the part. "We’re rebooting and starting over and we’re going to try and find the perfect guy.”