Freeman in ‘Kiss’ prequel

Thesp to revisit Cross role; Par hopes for franchise with character

Morgan Freeman will reprise his role as Dr. Alex Cross in “Along Came a Spider,” the prequel to Paramount Pictures’ 1997 sleeper hit “Kiss the Girls.”

Joe Wizan and David Brown will produce the pic, which is based on James Patterson’s 1993 novel of the same name.

Gary Fleder, who helmed “Girls,” is attached to direct.

Scribe Marc Moss has penned a first draft of “Spider,” a psychological thriller revolving around a cunning serial killer who kidnaps two children from a prestigious Washington, D.C., private school.

Patterson has written four novels centering on the Cross character. Par hopes to turn the series into a franchise as it did with Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan books.

“Kiss the Girls” grossed $61 million domestically for Paramount and equity investor Rysher Entertainment.

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