Jean Reno Joins Tyler Perry and Matthew Fox in 'I, Alex Cross' Movie
In case you weren't aware, Tyler Perry will be stepping away from his atrocious comedies and dramas to star in an adaptation of the James Patterson novel I, Alex Cross. In addition, Matthew Fox is taking his first film role after the conclusion of "Lost" as a vicious serial killer which the recurring title character is chasing in the story. Now Variety reports French bad-ass Jean Reno will also join the cast in an unspecified role. Production is slated to begin this August with an eye towards a release later in 2012 or early in 2013. Also, for some confused Patterson fans, we have some clarification on the movie's source material.
While the film will indeed be titled I, Alex Cross, the Rob Cohen directed film is not actually based on the book in the series of the same name. In fact, the film is actually taking mob hitman Michael Sullivan (Fox), the villain from Cross, the 12th book in the series, and using it for this film. It's unclear if the film is an adaptation of the latter book as opposed to the former, or perhaps some hybrid of the two. Either way, the story on screen will follow Cross as he tracks down Michael Sullivan, a ruthless man known as the Butcher of Sligo who kills for money and thrills and ends up killing Cross' wife after the detective thwarts one of his murders. This could be the only thing Tyler Perry does that I end up enjoying. What do you think?