Tom Cruise was too short to play Jack Reacher: Lee Child

Lee Child and Tom Cruise at a fan screening of Never Go Back in Harahan Louisiana in October 2016

The actor, who reportedly stands 5 feet 7, has been replaced as the action hero Jack Reacher in an upcoming TV reboot based on the character from Lee Child's series of crime thriller novels due to his stature.

It's one thing to say Jack Reacher maybe works better as a TV series, but to say the films didn't work partially because Cruise was too short is a bunch of baloney.

"So what I've chose to do is - there won't be any more movies with Tom Cruise". He's a really nice guy. "We had a lot of fun", Child told the BBC.

'But ultimately the readers are right. "And Cruise, for all his talent, didn't have that physicality", he continued.

Reacher, according to Vanity Fair, is repeatedly described in Child's 22 novels as a massive six feet five inches tall-dwarfing Cruise's reported five-foot-seven build-with hands the size of, alternately, Thanksgiving turkeys, dinner plates, and rotisserie chickens. "There won't be any more movies with Tom Cruise", said the author.

'We're rebooting and starting over, and we're going to try to find the flawless guy'.

Already fans have started tossing out names of potential new Reacher actors, with names like Michael Shannon (Man of Steel) and Alexander Skarsgard (True Blood) leading the pack at this early stage. "Fans complained when Cruise was originally cast, because the character is 6'5" and Cruise is 5'7". Reacher is moving into the world of television and a new actor will be recruited for the role.

Yesterday, it was announced that rather than continuing with the film franchise, they would reboot it for a streaming television network.

The first movie, 2012's "Jack Reacher", earned over $80 million domestically and over $200 million worldwide against a production budget of $60 million.

The 56-year-old has starred in two movies as Jack Reacher, with the latest being released two years ago.