According to Variety, Paramount Pictures has optioned "One Shot," the latest in a series of Lee Child-penned mysteries about a Dirty Harry-like ex-military homicide investigator named Jack Reach.

The project will be a co-production between C/W Prods. and Mutual, and the film will be produced by Tom Cruise, Paula Wagner, Don Granger, Gary Levinsohn and Kevin Messick.

"One Shot" became a hot title after a glowing New York Times review, and the studio and producers are hoping to tap earlier titles in Child's nine-book series and launch a franchise. Interest in the new book was generated by Par's Gotham office.

In "One Shot," Reach seeks the truth behind what seems an open-and-shut murder case after a trained military sniper is arrested for shooting five random victims.