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Having been met with critical indifference, the film had also performed sluggishly in the US, leading to reports that Paramount was set to cut its losses on the would-be franchise.
However, since then, the film’s global performance (in which Cruise’s star-power has been an undoubted factor) has seen it crawl to $200m worldwide, still $50m short of the studio’s $250 million target, but enough to make it think twice.
With the origin story introductions out of the way, Paramount’s thinking is that a sequel might have a wider appeal than the original, with Cruise’s involvement also likely to preclude an out-and-out bomb.
The project hasn’t been given the green light just yet, but studio bosses are thought to be crunching the numbers on a potential sequel.
With a raft of subject material available in the form of Lee Child’s novels, don’t be surprised to see Jack Reacher given a second chance to shine in the not-too-distant future…
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