Between 2005 and 2015, CBS (and later Hallmark) produced nine Jesse Stone films. The movies, based on the Jesse Stone series of books, began with Stone Cold and continued through Lost in Paradise.
Each entry in the series focused on the stone, played by actor Tom Selleck, and each proved hugely popular with audiences. So popular, in fact, that since the release of the ninth film in 2015, fans have been clamoring for more Jesse Stone movies.
but what? Was Jesse Stone’s final movie lost in paradise, or are more movies likely to come in the near future?
Well, I have good news and bad news. The good news is that Tom Selleck is interested in making a new Jesse Stone movie. The bad news is that he has been interested in doing a new Jesse Stone movie for a few years and nothing has happened so far.
In 2017 (yes, 2017!), Selleck was interviewed by Parade to talk about his work on the television series Blue Bloods. On the show, Selleck plays the role of Commissioner Frank Reagan, and has since the show began airing in 2010.
During the interview, the actor was asked about Jesse Stone’s status and if there would be another movie. at that time, selleck provided some very positive news.
He said, “I plan to work on writing another Jesse Stone. we have a deal for a tenth. they’re tough. The biggest thing for me is that it’s so exciting to have the creative control that we have on the television set because that usually doesn’t happen. I just want to be true to the character. I think there is still a lot of room for it to grow and change. I don’t want to rip off the franchise. I’m not doing it for a payday, so I’ve been thinking about it.”
So, in 2017, a deal was struck for a new Jesse Stone movie, with Selleck set to write the script. Hurrah! but now it’s 2021 and (so far) there hasn’t been a new movie and yet there’s still an appetite from fans; so what is the delay?
The possible reason for the movie’s no-show is due to the actor’s commitment to Blue Bloods. Since 2017, Blue Bloods has remained on air, and Selleck has remained with the series – something which takes up a lot of his time.
in fact, during the same interview with parade, selleck mentioned the difficulty of balancing the two projects. he said: “it’s hard to focus on both. twenty-two episodes of blue bloods (per season) is pretty convincing.”
At the time, Selleck mentioned that he planned to write the next Jesse Stone movie during the season seven hiatus for Blue Bloods, but it’s unclear if he found the time. Sure, there have been a number of hiatus since season seven (the show is currently in its eleventh season), but filming that many episodes a year takes its toll.
however, from what selleck said about believing “there’s still a lot of room for (jesse) to grow” and about being in a unique position of having “creative control” over the character, it seems unlikely that he is . t actively working on the project. But with that said, any work in the last year would have been hit hard by the covid-19 pandemic, and that means even if a script was nearing completion, it could take a while to shoot or stream.
The positive slant on all this is that the ninth movie, was produced by Hallmark. Hallmark has had great success with various properties over the years, especially crime/mystery movies, and the network is unlikely to let a popular series such as this one sit idle for too long.
for now, jesse stone fans should cross their fingers. Tom Selleck has shown that he is committed to the character and has made it clear that he wants to do another movie, so it’s only a matter of time before Jesse returns to the screen.
well, ever since i first published this post, there has been a bit of movement about the next jessie stone movie, or at least, there has been some news about it. It’s not a release date, not even a title, but it’s still a very important update.
in september 2021, parade met with tom selleck to talk about various projects, and inevitably the subject of jesse stone came up. When Selleck was asked how Jesse Stone’s new movie was going, the actor replied, “It’s going well.”
According to Selleck, he and Jesse Stone’s executive producer, Michael Brandman, are “very excited.” he said: “it’s only taken a while. but i’m very, very excited to do another jesse stone.”
So, the good news is that the project is still very much on Selleck’s mind, and it certainly hasn’t fallen by the wayside. but that’s not the only news, it seems that when jesse stone returns, the next movie might not appear in hallmark.
While nothing has been decided yet, Selleck has suggested that Jessie Stone could appear on a different streaming service. Many options are being considered, whether it be Netflix, Amazon, or one of the many other streamers, because Selleck believes an alternative platform might be more suitable for the character moving forward.
He said, “I’ve always felt that jesse suffers a little bit under the strains of some of the conventions of broadcast television. he’s a pretty dark individual. they’re adult stories and i think we can make them more with a little more, no of license, but of freedom.”
So, a new Jesse Stone movie is slowly starting to creep up, and it may be coming sooner than we think, but there’s a chance it could show up in a new home. I will of course provide more updates as more information is released.
If you’re a fan of the Jesse Stone movies, or just getting started with the Jesse Stone movie series, you might want to know that a box set of the movies is currently available.
the box: the jesse stone 9 movie collection: includes all the movies to date, on region 1 dvd.
The Jesse Stone 9 Movie Collection is available from all the good entertainment retailers, although I find amazon us to be very competitively priced.
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