Alex Cross is a reoccurring character in the novels of James Patterson. His stories have already been adapted for the screen a couple times with Morgan Freeman playing the lead role. Those films were Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider. Well now the character is looking to get a reboot with Tyler Perry as the lead.

It’s old news that I, Alex Cross is being directed by xXx and The Fast and the Furious director Rob Cohen, but there is some new casting news to report. Mathew Fox has signed on in a key role as an assassin. Add to that the fact that Ed Burns is going to play Cross’ assistant Tommy Kane, and this looks like a movie that is starting to come together. But I’m not sure how I feel about it.

I think a lot of people have been trained to see Tyler Perry’s name and treat it as a joke, but he’s made some things that are more dramatic than those cheesy black family sitcoms and cross dressing Madea movies that he is known for. And I saw him act in Star Trek and it wasn’t bad. Rob Cohen’s movies I can’t really defend, but they’ve managed to make a lot of money from what I can tell. Still, just give me those two names and I, Alex Cross sounds like a disaster waiting to happen.

It’s Burns and Fox that leave me scratching my head a little. Burns is a guy that normally seems pretty content to stay in the indie film world making his own little projects. What has inspired him to sign on to act in something like this? And Fox, he was on maybe the biggest show of the last decade in Lost and hasn’t really done anything since. Why now is there news he has signed on to a movie, and why this? Surely he had to have some offers coming in after Lost’s gigantic finale aired. The plot is thickening, and the development of this movie may be one to watch.

Source: Deadline Shelbyville


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