AVClub says Alan Ritchson (Blood Drive, Smallville, DC’s Titans) has just been cast as a lead in Amazon’s adaptation of best-selling Jack Reacher novels by Lee Child. Last July, Variety revealed the streaming service was developing a TV series, with Nick Santora (Scorpion) as its creator and showrunner. This TV series is a co-production between Amazon, Skydance Television, and Paramount Television. Child is onboard as one of the executive producers, alongside David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Don Granger, Carolyn Harris, Christopher McQuarrie, and Marcy Ross.
Amazon’s TV series will adapt the first Jack Reacher novel, Killing Floor. First published in 1997, it was popular enough to become a series. Over the next three decades, Lee Child – a pen-name of the British writer James Dover Grant – continued writing Jack Reacher novels at a steady pace. So far, he has published twenty-five of them, not counting the novellas and short stories. As for the character himself, Jack Reacher is a former major in the Military Police. A man’s man, he’s traveling around the USA, frequently getting into dangerous situations while helping those in need and resolving cases through the power of his sheer macho awesomeness.
The character was already depicted on screen by Tom Cruise in Christopher McQuarrie’s 2014 film Jack Reacher as well as its 2016 sequel Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, helmed by Edward Zwick.