If you’re a Morgan Freeman fan, chances are pretty good you’re familiar with the actor’s work as Alex Cross, the detective protagonist from James Patterson’s novels. Freeman portrayed the character twice on the big screen: first in 1997’s Kiss The Girls, and again in 2001’s Along Came A Spider. And though it’s been ten years since a Cross story has been adapted for film, it looks like we might be getting another dose of the detective pretty soon.
In August of 2010, reports surfaced that pegged actor Idris Elba (“The Wire”, RockNRolla) to be the heir to the Alex Cross throne, taking over the character from Freeman while director David Twohy (A Perfect Getaway) took the reins of the project. Great, right? Now, Deadline says that specific incarnation has fallen through and Tyler Perry (Madea Goes to Jail) will be now starring in the franchise reboot. And that’s not the worst of it: Twohy is no longer directing. He’ll be replaced by xXx and The Mummy 3 director Rob Cohen. The movie is currently searching for a distributor.
Any goodwill I had for this project (which probably shouldn’t be rebooted in the first place – just come up with an original character!) – has vanished with these announcements. Perhaps I’m the only one, though: what do you think? Are you a fan of the Alex Cross character? Sound off in the comments section below.