Tyler Perry will Lead Adaptation of 'I, Alex Cross' from Rob Cohen
We've already seen Morgan Freeman play James Patterson's detective/psychologist character Alex Cross in adaptations like Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider. However, Deadline reports a younger version of the character will hit the big screen in an adaptation of Patterson's novel I, Alex Cross. In addition, Cross will now be played by none other than Madea Tyler Perry and brought to the big screen by director Rob Cohen (Fast and the Furious). The project doesn't have a distributor yet, but considering Perry's popularity at the box office, and Patterson's long list of best-selling novels, a deal will likely be made at a studio soon.
With much of the same tone as the aforementioned adaptations of Patterson's novels, here's a rundown of the story which is actually the 16th novel featuring the signature character:
Word that an estranged 24-year-old niece, Caroline Cross, has been murdered disturbs Alex 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.
This material is a far cry from Perry's previous work (especially as an actor) from putting on a house dress, wig and glasses as the motherly Madea in many of the films he's also directed. The real test will be if he can bring the dramatic weight to the story and character that someone like Idris Elba would have brought to the table. As a matter of fact, Elba was actually the choice to play Cross in an adaptation of the same novel with David Twohy (A Perfect Getaway, Pitch Black) directing instead. Apparently the prospect of Perry being teamed with Rob Cohen was more enticing, though I feel very much opposed to that decision. What do you think?