Tom Cruise Thriller ‘One Shot’ is Retitled ‘Jack Reacher’

Because if John Carter taught us nothing else, it's that audiences love movies with ambiguous titles.

William Bibbianiby William Bibbiani


There hasn't been a lot of news lately about Tom Cruise's upcoming thriller One Shot, but that may be because it's not called One Shot anymore. The adaptation of Lee Child's ninth installment of the popular "Jack Reacher" novels has been retitled Jack Reacher by Paramount (via Deadline), in an apparent attempt to "reach" the series' existing fan base. 

It's a curious turn of events, if you ask us. Surely fans of Jack Reacher will already be familiar with One Shot, and won't need the extra prodding. The real issue is all the folks who don't already know who Jack Reacher is, who may find the bland new title as thrilling as they did John Carter, a film whose generic moniker (as opposed to The Princess of Mars or John Carter of Mars) is considered to be a fundamental reason why it turned into a box office bomb.

Jack Reacher will star Cruise as the titular character and Rosamund Pike as a defense attorney who team up to defend an accused sniper. Acclaimed director Werner Herzog has been cast as one of the film's villains. Academy Award-winning screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects) is directing.

CraveOnline will be back with more Jack Reacher news after we rename Men in Black "J/K."