Last week in our report about Matthew Fox joining the cast of I, Alex Cross, we mentioned that three studios were in active negotiations for the distribution rights to the franchise reboot. Now, we’ve learned that Summit Entertainment has won out against the competition.
The film – which will see Tyler Perry taking over Morgan Freeman’s role as James Patterson’s brilliant detective – also stars Ed Burns as Cross’ partner. I, Alex Cross will be directed by Rob Cohen (The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor).
According to Deadline, one of Summit’s competitors for the project was Lionsgate, which has put out all of Tyler Perry’s Madea films. Despite Lionsgate’s close relationship with the actor, Summit was able to win the project thanks in large part to CEO Rob Friedman’s involvement in the previous Alex Cross films – Kiss the Girls and Along Came A Spider.
Over the last few years, Summit Entertainment has been steadily climbing up the Hollywood ladder, mostly due to the massive success of the Twilight franchise. Will the studio find another hit franchise with its Alex Cross reboot? Maybe, but there are a lot of hurdles standing in the way.
Many Screen Rant readers were disappointed when Tyler Perry replaced British actor Idris Elba in the role of Alex Cross. As much as I respect Perry’s success as a director and producer, it’s an understandable concern. After all, the actor’s first role outside of his own movies was a tiny appearance in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek.
It’s not as if Hollywood is running out of crime films, but there’s a lot of potential in a new Alex Cross series. It would be a shame if the movie wound up being a simplistic thriller – or worse yet, just a plain terrible movie.