The British writer Lee Child is one of the best-known and most successful authors in the world. His fictional character Jack Reacher has now made 25 appearances. The total circulation of copies has long since exceeded the 100 million mark. The adaptations for movies starring Tom Cruise contributed to the popularity of the books. But now the 66-year-old author would like to step out of active writing. Lee Child has decided to make an unusual move. He has been searching for the perfect fit to hand over his novel series.
The idea itself seems quite unusual, but the fact that the author considers choosing his brother, Andrew Child, for this is even weirder. A. Child is also a thriller writer, but not nearly as successful as his older brother. The first collaboration between the two happened in 2020 with the novel The Sentinel. Lee Child would like to familiarize his brother and successor with the world of Jack Reacher step by step until he could take over the series himself finally. It is not an easy task since Reacher has been saving the world for 24 years. Lee Child created a unique fictional character out of commercial ideas.
Born out of Necessity
Lee Child originally started working as a writer in television. Among other things. he wrote episodes for the legendary British crime series Prime Suspect. According to his statements, Child learned that commercial work does not always have to be poor quality. When the producers dismissed him from the production company to cut costs, he had little chance of to find anything like his former work. So, Child decided to become a novelist. He designed the fictional character named Jack Reacher on the drawing board. Jack is a former military policeman, who wandered through the United States without a permanent residence, lives according to his laws and morals. This character and approach to the thriller genre was style-defining. The popularity increased with each book until even Hollywood could not resist to make an adaptation for cinema. The British newspaper Mirror calculated that every nine seconds a book of Lee Child is bought around the world. The novels were translated in many languages and are sold in more than 100 countries.
Tom Cruise Made Fans Laugh
But the choice of Tom Cruise for Jack Reacher’s role brought out laughter even before the filming began. According to the book, the main character is a 1.96-meter tall blond giant who deals with numerous dangerous situations thanks to his charisma and physical form. How was a relatively small Tom Cruise supposed to play such a character? That was a great mystery at first. Accordingly, Cruise was unsuccessful in this role. But in the meantime, Lee Child has realized his mistake.
Jack Reacher will be resurrected for an Amazon series. This time the academic requirements have been taken into account when casting and Alan Ritchson has been chosen. The muscle pack has the physical prerequisites that are needed for the role. The hero’s future thus appears to be secure. In any case, The Sentinel was, as usual, a bestseller. The two brothers have announced that they are also going write the subsequent four novels together. Only then Lee Child will completely withdraw from his creation.