While the Mission: Impossible sequels are going to eventually resume filming in the United Kingdom, writer/director Christopher McQuarrie spoke with Empire Magazine revealing that he was considering pushing the Jack Reacher into the realm of R-rated franchises if it was allowed to continue.
MCQUARRIE: “Tom and I were talking about, had the series continued, to take Reacher to a place where, in the post-Deadpool, post-Joker world, Reacher could have been an R-rated movie and an R-rated franchise and really fed into the brutality of those books. We were fully ready to lean into that.”
However, the Reacher franchise ended after Jack Reacher: Never Go Back flopped at the box office and instead is getting rebooted as a television series for Amazon Prime Video. The pair are seemingly still planning another R-rated project in the future, but Christopher is keeping mum concerning details while teasing it.
MCQUARRIE: “It’s a very un-Tom character, and we have plans for an even more un-Tom character that we’ve been talking about, which I’m hopeful about in the future. […] The franchise has moved on, and we haven’t. So we’ve now got stuff in the hopper. The [Jack Reacher] stuff we’re talking about now is tinker toys [compared to it], I’m actually very, very excited.”
McQuarrie and Tom have a longstanding working relationship as they will have worked on four Mission: Impossible films, Jack Reacher, and more recently Christopher did some rewrites on Top Gun: Maverick coming out on December 23rd.
It’ll be interesting to see what this project would ultimately be and if they’ll attempt to adapt existing IP or tackle something original.