Lee Child author best known for the Jack Reacher series, has announced that the character Jack Reacher will be headed to television. Child previously had two of his books turned into films starring Tom Cruise as Reacher.

Deadline has reported that a deal is in the works to turn the Reacher books into a TV series. Lee Child also confirmed that they will no longer make any Reacher films with Tom Cruise as the lead man, and Cruise will not be the star in the TV series.

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Both "Jack Reacher" and "Jack Reacher: Never Go Back," were produced by Skydance and released by Paramount. The new series is expected to be developed and co-produced by Skydance Television and Paramount Television.

Child says the new actor would have to be similar to the way Jack Reacher is built. Child says that he enjoyed working with Tom Cruise and that he's a really nice guy, but Cruise didn't fit the build of Jack Reacher.

The series is still in the early stages of development and producers are still figuring out what their first story will be. In the Reacher series, Jack is 6'5'' and weighs between 210 to 250 pounds.

Jack Reacher is coming to the small screen. [Image Credit: Collider - YouTube screencap)
Jack Reacher is coming to the small screen. [Image Credit: Collider - YouTube screencap)

Tom Cruise recently broke his ankle on the set of "Mission Impossible: Fallout."

Jack Reacher TV series being shopped around to Netflix and other potential buyers

Skydance TV and Paramount TV recently hit it big with their success of turning the popular Tom Clancy character Jack Ryan into a series for Amazon. Collider has reported that Lee Child has penned 23 books that make up the Jack Reacher series.

Child recently praised Cruise's acting skills in an interview with BBC Radio, but Cruise does not have the physicality needed to mirror the character in the books.

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Instead, Cruise is now focused on "Top Gun" sequel.

Lee said he started getting letters where viewers were pointing out discrepancies between the character in the book and Tom Cruise's portrayal as the fictional character.

Lee Child has said they are back to looking for the man who can closely fit the build of Jack Reacher. Skydance and Paramount TV now must find an actor who can recreate what Reacher has done on the big screen, and fit it on the small screen. Finding the actor with the best talent is also part of that.

The franchise started out popular but sequel failed to gain much traction

The first Reacher film was a hit and earned $218 million at the box-office in 2012, just enough to make a case for a sequel. The studio then released "Jack Reacher: Never Go Back" in 2016 but did not do as well as the first film. Lee Child once told The Guardian that he has received countless complaints about Cruise as Reacher.

No official word has been given about the TV show, but Lee Child says he hopes to have a deal reached by November, with a plan of each season to devote 10 to 12 hours to each book it's built around.

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Now, Child is focusing on finding the right actor, perhaps he could consider Dwayne Johnson.

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