You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Tyler Perry to play Alex Cross in reboot

Rob Cohen is on board to helm the pic

James Patterson’s most popular character, Alex Cross, is getting a bigscreen reboot with Tyler Perry in the lead.

The multihyphenate makes his first foray into a high-profile action role with “I, Alex Cross,” an origin tale of the detective-psychologist first brought to the bigscreen with Morgan Freeman in the part for “Kiss the Girls” and “Along Came a Spider.”

Rob Cohen is on board to helm the pic for QED Intl.

“I am very pleased to see my most well-known character in the safe hands of Rob and Tyler,” Patterson said in a statement. “I look forward to a fulfilling collaboration to reinvigorate the films based on my books.”

Patterson and Kerry Williamson penned the first draft of the script, which Marc Moss will touch up. Pic will be produced by QED’s Bill Block and Paul Hanson along with Leopoldo Gout, with Patterson and Steve Bowen exec producing.

“Kiss the Girls” was a modest success for Paramount in 1997, grossing $60 million domestically; 2001 follow-

up “Along Came a Spider” did slightly better with a $74 million domestic haul and more than $105 million worldwide.

The self-made Perry, meanwhile, has generated an estimated $1 billion in revenue from his 10 films, books, plays and DVD library, and he most recently directed “For Colored Girls.”

Perry has written, directed, produced and acted in nearly all of his films (and did a cameo in “Star Trek”), including the upcoming “Madea’s Big Happy Family.”

No distrib is onboard yet for “I, Alex Cross,” and QED is planning to selling worldwide rights at the European Film Market in Berlin. Lensing starts in June, with no release date set.

Cohen has several films in development including “xXx: The Return of Xander Cage.”

Perry and Cohen are repped by WME.

Patterson is repped by CAA.

More Film

  • Beijing Festival Unveils 'Max Max,' 'Bourne'

    Beijing Festival Unveils 'Max Max,' 'Bourne,' Kurosawa Screening Series

    The upcoming Beijing International Film Festival will give space to high profile Hollywood franchise movies with screenings of all films in both the “Mad Max” and “Bourne Identity” series. Classic Hollywood fare will also feature prominently in a line-up that, as usual, features an eclectic grab bag of titles. The local government-backed festival opens April [...]

  • J.R. “Bob” Dobbs and the Church

    SXSW Film Review: 'J.R. “Bob” Dobbs and the Church of the SubGenius'

    Like 8mm films of 1960s “happenings” or videos of 1970s performance art, “J.R. ‘Bob’ Dobbs and the Church of the SubGenius” chronicles a cultural footnote that perhaps should be filed under the heading You Had to Be There. The satirical-absurdist “religion” founded by some Texans actually caught fire among hipsters in the 1980s, influencing some [...]

  • 'Roll Red Roll' Review: Piercing Documentary

    Film Review: 'Roll Red Roll'

    “Roll Red Roll” is a piercingly relevant and disturbing documentary about an infamous high school rape case that took place in Steubenville, Ohio (pop. 18,600), on Aug. 11, 2012. Steubenville, the sort of Friday-night-lights small town that boasts signs that read “Kick off for Jesus,” is a place that’s good at keeping secrets. When the [...]

  • Contract Placeholder Business WGA ATA Agent

    Writers Guild, Hollywood Agents Negotiate With Deadline Looming

    The Writers Guild of America and Hollywood agents have held a sixth negotiating session with a deadline for a new deal 16 days away — and it’s uncertain whether progress is being made. The Association of Talent Agents made counter-proposals at Thursday’s session that contain provisions for more accountability and transparency by agencies for clients [...]

  • Fox Layoffs

    Fox Layoffs Leave Staffers Stunned and Saddened

    Fox employees knew this day was coming. For over a year, the men and women who work at the Century City lot have talked of little else but severance packages and job searches. They knew that when Disney wrapped up its $71.3 billion acquisition of much of 21st Century Fox’s film and television assets, thousands [...]

  • Alan Horn Disney

    Disney Clarifies Film Leadership After Harrowing Day of Fox Layoffs

    Following the dismissal of top executives in distribution, marketing and strategy on Thursday, new 20th Century Fox owner Disney has clarified its new top leadership. Five distinct Fox labels and a portion of their leadership have been welcomed into the Disney fold, the company said. This includes Twentieth Century Fox, Fox Family, Fox Searchlight Pictures, [...]

  • Janelle Monae

    Film News Roundup: Janelle Monae to Star in Film From Gerard Bush, Christopher Renz

    In today’s film news roundup, Janelle Monae will star in a Lionsgate movie, Bill Nighy joins “Emma,” and documentaries on surfer Bethany Hamilton and Asbury Park are dated. CASTINGS Janelle Monae will star in an untitled Lionsgate movie directed by the duo Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz. The film will be produced by QC Entertainment’s Ray [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content