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Scribe’s getting ‘Roses’

Freeman portrayed character in 'Girls,' 'Spider'

Paramount Pictures has tapped scribe Ben Ramsey to pen an adaptation of the James Patterson bestseller “Roses Are Red,” featuring homicide detective Alex Cross.

“Roses” has been in development for several years at Par with producers David Brown and Joe Wizan along with Lori McCreary of Morgan Freeman’s Revelations Entertainment shingle. Plot centers on Cross hunting the Mastermind, the brains behind a series of bank robberies in which employees or family members are held hostage.

Freeman, who’s fresh off winning an Oscar for “Million Dollar Baby,” portrayed the Cross character in 1997’s “Kiss the Girls” and 2001’s “Along Came a Spider,” which grossed $60 million and $74 million, respectively. Patterson’s a former J. Walter Thompson chief who retired from the ad biz when the Alex Cross mysteries began topping the bestseller lists.

Ramsey’s credits include the upcoming big-budget actioners “Luke Cage” for Sony, directed by John Singleton, and Fox’s “Dragonball Z.”

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