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Jack Reacher Goes to Nebraska

Giugno 2013
Vedremo presto Tom Cruise in un altro capitolo della saga? Secondo l’autore della serie thriller, lo scrittore Lee Child (intervistato nel numero in edicola), sì! Probabilmente il sequel si baserà sul libro Worth Dying For (Una ragione per morire), ambientato nelle isolate campagne del Nebraska tra cattivi e oppressori...

di Mark Worden


Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher
Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher
Lee Child
Lee Child

Speaker: Mark Worden (Standard British accent)

Lee Child is a British writer who lives in the United States. He is the author of the Jack Reacher series of novels. So far he has published 18 of them and one of them has been made into a movie starring Tom Cruise. There is talk of making a sequel and it might be based on the book that was recently published in Italian by Longanesi as Una ragione per morire:

Lee Child (Standard British accent)

Yeah, the film deal was... they could select any book they wanted, and they started with a book called One Shot, retitled it Jack Reacher, which… that they... they worried that I would mind, and I was like, “Are you kidding? You know, that’s a huge global advertising campaign for my brand!” And so the question is: Which book are they going to do next? And the first one was urban in feel, set in a city, dealt with city issues, and so they want to do a rural one next, and this one that’s just out in Italy – the English title is Worth Dying For, is set in Nebraska, which is probably the most rural place you could imagine, a vast, empty, flat state where they grow a lot of corn and soybeans and very little else. That, I think, is... is their favourite for number two, and that would be, you know, great for a bit of variety. We’d go to the... the lonely countryside instead of the busy city. So I think they’ll... they might well make Worth Dying For next, if they make another one at all, and we’ll just wait and see, but it’s a good story, if they do. There’s a poignancy to it because it fundamentally deals with two issues: one is the oppression of a tiny farming community by... by the people that own the trucks that take the harvest to market. If... if you’re a farmer and your harvest does not get taken to market, then you’re in trouble, you might... you might as well have not grown anything. So that’s the one issue, the battle against that injustice and oppression. And the other issue is a woman whose daughter went missing 25 years ago. She’s never known what  happened to her and is really not even allowed to ask because of the oppression in the community. So it’s a poignant, emotional story with plenty of action, plenty of fighting. Like... like all Reacher books, there’s... there’s fires and shootings, people get run over and there are six bad guys show up, three pairs of various foreign bad guys with an interest in... in the place, and the middle section of the book sort of is almost a comedy of errors ‘cause these six... these three pairs of bad guys don’t know each other, they don’t know who they are or what’s going on, and so it... there’s a little comic potential there. And it was a book I was happy with and I would love to see it as a movie.   

Not many movies have been set in Nebraska. Examples include Boys Don’t Cry, About Schmidt and Nebraska, which will be released later this year. Nebraska was also the title of a 1982 Bruce Springsteen album:

Lee Child

There are two cities there, Omaha and Lincoln, both quite small, but they... Omaha has a massive insurance business and railroads as well. It was... I think Omaha has got the largest rail yard in the history of the world because it was a sort of gathering point as the railroads moved west, and crime always follows railroads for some reason, so there’s more crime in Nebraska than you would think. And I love the... the vast emptiness, you know, coming from Europe, it’s... it’s remarkable to see, you can have a single corn field 120 miles long, you know, that’s freaky in... in... from a European  perspective, and... and the distances and the... a lot of it is officially uninhabited, according to the Census Bureau, which has a cut-off of about five people per square mile, anything below that is uninhabited and there are vast swathes of the American West that fall below that. I was once in West Texas, which is south of Nebraska, but the same sort of band, and I... I drove 80 miles before I saw any human-made structure, and it was a little shop and I stopped at the shop and there was only one other customer in it, a woman  who, if she wanted to eat something she didn’t grow or kill herself, she had to drive five hours to this shop, and then five hours home, which is like driving from London to Newcastle to buy a pint of milk! You know, that’s the reality out there, and from a European perspective that is fascinating, I think.

(Lee Child was talking to Mark Worden)

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