Tyler Perry Will Cross 'Alex Cross' Again in a 'Double Cross' Sequel
by Ethan Anderton
October 18, 2012
Don't cross Alex Cross. Because if you do, he will be cross with you. Cross, cross, cross. This weekend the action thriller club gets a new member with Tyler Perry, stepping out of his comfortable nightgown, make-up and glasses as Madea. Deadline has word that even though the big screen take on James Patterson's recurring detective character hasn't even hit theaters, QED International is already looking at adapting Double Cross, the 13th book, for a film sequel. The adaptation from Rob Cohen only has 14% on Rotten Tomatoes at the time of this posting, but when has that stopped any sequel from moving forward?
Alex Cross doesn't follow any specific book title, but here's the synopsis for Double Cross:
Just when Alex thought his life was calming down into a routine of patients and therapy sessions, he finds himself back in the game--this time to catch a criminal mastermind like no other.
A spate of elaborate murders in Washington D.C. have the whole East Coast on edge. They are like nothing Alex Cross and his new girlfriend, Detective Brianna Stone, have ever seen. With each murder, the case becomes increasingly complex. There's only one thing Alex knows: the killer adores an audience.
As victims are made into gruesome spectacles citywide, inducing a media hysteria, it becomes clear to Alex that the man he's after is a genius of terror--and he's after fame. The killer has the whole city by its strings--and he'll stop at nothing to become the most terrifying star that Washington D.C. has ever seen.
The first film was very cheap to make at only $25 million, so unless it completely bombs (which is unlikely considering Perry's loyal audience), it will definitely make money. The question is whether fans will be satisfied enough to turn out for another film. Despite the negative reviews so far, surely plenty of people just want to see how crazy Matthew Fox can be as the villain. Now we'll have to wait and see if Cohen will return to direct the sequel or if maybe Perry will take on his first action thriller as a filmmaker. That might be something worth seeing instead of his usual ridiculous comedies. Thoughts?