Lee Child's Jack Reacher thriller The Killing Floor to be adapted as TV series for Amazon

Published in 1997, Killing Floor introduced readers to the tough six-foot-five ex-military policeman Jack Reacher.
Killing Floor is the first novel in Lee Child's Jack Reacher series. (Jonathan Ring, Berkley)

Lee Child's Jack Reacher series is headed to Amazon's streaming service, according to Deadline.

The British writer's debut novel and the first book of his bestselling series, Killing Floor, will serve as inspiration for the series' inaugural season.

Published in 1997, Killing Floor introduced readers to the tough six-foot-five ex-military policeman Jack Reacher, a drifter who roams from town to town with nothing but a folding toothbrush, passport and a bank card.

Killing Floor follows Reacher to Margrave, Georgia where he's wrongfully arrested by local police for the murder of his estranged brother. While the police fabricate evidence, including eyewitness accounts, Reacher races to investigate what's really going on in Margrave to prove his innocence.

Child wrote Killing Floor in his 40s after being laid off from his job at Granada Television. He's said he had two muses: "fear and hunger."

Since then, Child has published a book a year in the Reacher series. They've sold 100 million books in 49 languages worldwide.

The best-selling author spoke with Eleanor Wachtel about "Past Tense," the latest book in his phenomenally successful Jack Reacher series. 52:23

The series was previously adapted as the film Jack Reacher, starring Tom Cruise. Fans were critical of the casting as Reacher is defined by his tall stature in the books.

The Amazon series has not yet been cast. Child will be an executive producer on the show.

Child was recently named a juror for the 2020 Booker Prize, a £50,000 (approx. $85,000 Cdn) fiction award.


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