“Jack Reacher”: Amazon Prime Greenlights Lee Child Book Franchise to Series

Six months after the dust settled from what was reported was a “competitive situation” among a number of streaming and premium cable suitors that resulted in Amazon securing the rights to bring Lee Child‘s bestselling Jack Reacher book series from page to screen, some great news. With Nick Santora (Scorpion, Prison Break) set to write, executive produce, and serve as showrunner, the series has been given an official greenlight for series. Amazon Studios, Skydance Television, and Paramount Television (the same group behind Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, which was recently renewed for a third season) are set to co-produce.

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Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions

“Lee Child has created an incredible character and world; it will be the goal of every writer, producer, actor, executive and crew member to capture the essence of Mr. Child’s books – and luckily Lee has been there, and will continue to be there, to help guide us along the way in this series. He is the pulse of Reacher.”

– Nick Santora

Child’s book series is a billion-dollar franchise, with Jack Reacher novels published in 49 languages and 101 territories. With 23 novels currently in the series, Child has logged more than 100 million books sold – with a global sales figure topping off at a bit more than a billion dollars. First published in 1997 by Putnam/Bantam, Child’s Killing Floor serves as the first book in Jack Reacher’s long and winding journey – and the basis for the series‘ first season:

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Putnam

Ex-military policeman Jack Reacher is a drifter. He’s just passing through Margrave, Georgia, and in less than an hour, he’s arrested for murder. Not much of a welcome. All Reacher knows is that he didn’t kill anybody. At least not here. Not lately. But he doesn’t stand a chance of convincing anyone. Not in Margrave, Georgia. Not a chance in hell.

Santora, Child, and Scott Sullivan are set to executive produce alongside Don Granger and Christopher McQuarrie. David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, and Marcy Ross executive produce for Skydance; with Carolyn Harris overseeing the project for Skydance.

“It’s been great so far, but really, the fun starts here. By now I know these guys, and Reacher is in the perfect hands, believe me.”

– Lee Child

Santora’s upcoming projects include an action thriller with Liam Hemsworth attached and a new take on The Fugitive – both for new short-form streamer Quibi. Skydance Television is the home Grace and Frankie as well as Altered Carbon, Condor and Foundation. Paramount Television’s programming slate includes Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, 13 Reasons Why, The Alienist, First Wives Club, Looking for Alaska, and Home Before Dark.

About Ray Flook

Proudly serving as TV Editor, Ray started with Bleeding Cool in 2013 as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought aboard as staff in 2017. Counting John Cusack as his pop culture "spirit animal," his "word fu" stays strong as he continues trying really hard to be the sheppard...

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