Morgan Freeman brought James Patterson’s Alex Cross to life in Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider. Since then we haven’t seen the character in a film nor has Freeman had a chance to bring back the character. But now QED will give audiences another chance to see Alex Cross on the big screen for a third time, but in a rebooted format.
Rob Cohen will direct I, Alex Cross and Tyler Perry will play as the lead character. According to Deadline, Matthew Fox will play as Michael Sullivan, also known as the Butcher or Sligo, an assassin that Cross encounters in many of Patterson’s novels. This is the first time that we will see Fox in a villainous role as audiences are normally used to seeing him act in strong leadership roles. QED, the studio that is producing the film, is in talks with three other studios about distribution.
The site adds that Ed Burns will also be joining the cast as Cross’ partner Tommy Kane.
Here is a review of the novel courtesy of Publishers Weekly,
Bestseller Patterson offers nothing new on a theme he himself has already done to death in his 16th novel featuring detective Alex Cross (after Cross Country), in which Cross takes on yet another barbaric serial killer, this one known as Zeus. Word that an estranged 24-year-old niece, Caroline Cross, has been murdered disturbs Cross’s birthday party. To make that horror even worse, the killer fed Caroline’s body through a wood chipper. Cross soon discovers that Caroline supported herself as a high-price escort for Washington , D.C.’s elite, and that other women who served similar clients have turned up missing. Cross’s investigation soon attracts the attention of the feds, and he concludes that Zeus is better connected than most of the psychopaths he’s brought to justice. A subplot centering on a health threat to another member of Cross’s family adds padding. Readers expecting the killer to be identified through insightful profiling will be disappointed.