Los Angeles: Hollywood star Tom Cruise is in negotiations to take on the role of Jack Reacher, an ex-army cop trying to decode the mystery around a shootout in the movie adaptation of Lee Child`s novel `One Shot`.
Christopher McQuarrie, who has worked on the screenplays for several Cruise projects in the past few years, has adapted the novel for the screen and will direct for Paramount.
In the book, Reacher who gets involved with a sniper, arrested and accused of killing five random people in a shooting.
McQuarrie co-wrote the screenplay for `Valkyrie`, which Cruise starred in 2008, worked on an adaptation of `The Monster of Florence` for Cruise and co-wrote `The Tourist`, to which Cruise was once attached before Johnny Depp took the role.
The actor is currently filming `Rock of Ages` and has his `Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol` coming to theatres in December. He is also attached to star in `Oblivion`.