I'm extremely curious about the upcoming film, Jack Reacher, based on the book One Shot by Lee Child.
Child writes here about 3 problems why the character of Jack Reacher is troublesome for film:
1 - Reacher's physicality (6'5", 250 lbs.)
2 - "Reacher has no character arc"
3 - "Much of Reacher's appeal is inside his head"
Immediately, #2 made my hair stand on end.
Awhile ago, a writer argued endlessly with me that a character arc is unnecessary in a script.
I countered that it's near impossible to make an interesting story without it.
I even blogged about its importance here.
I bought the belief in Hollywood that it could not be done. (Secretly, I'd hoped it was possible, but I have never seen it.)
So how did Christopher McQuarrie (Oscar winner, writer of The Usual Suspects, Valkyrie) adapt this book?
I am dying to know, & will report back as soon as I can read the script.
Anyone have thoughts?