Jean Reno Joins ‘I, Alex Cross’

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 13th, 2013 at 9:35 pm,

Rarely does a day pass by in the modern movie news business without the word remake or reboot popping up at some point. Not all re-something projects are being dreaded rather than anticipated, but interest in the reboot I, Alex Cross diminished severely when Tyler Perry replaced Idris Elba as the titular psychologist/sleuth in the film.

The addition of supporting players like Matthew Fox and Edward Burns to the cast of the Alex Cross reboot appeared to sit much better with the masses – and the news that The Professional star Jean Reno has also signed on for the film should go over well enough too.

I, Alex Cross picks up with a younger version of the Cross character (who was previously brought to life on-screen by Morgan Freeman) as he teams up with an officer named Tommy Kane (Burns) in order to track down the vicious serial killer Michael Sullivan, a.k.a. The Butcher of Sligo (Fox). Reno’s role in the film has yet to be officially revealed.

Screen Rant‘s own Rob Frappier previously speculated that – based on the inclusion of the Sullivan character (an iconic villain in the original Alex Cross literature) – this reboot would deviate significantly from James Patterson’s novel of the same name. Specifically, it sounds as though the film will partially be based on “Cross”, which flashbacks to the title character’s early days on the job.

Variety echoed that thought in its report about Reno, mentioning that the I, Alex Cross script penned by Marc Moss (who also wrote the Cross flick Along Came a Spider) and relative newcomer Kerry Williamson looks to be “hardly a direct adaptation” of Patterson’s original novel.

Morgan Freeman as Alex Cross in Kiss the Girls Jean Reno Joins I, Alex Cross

Morgan Freeman as Alex Cross in ‘Kiss the Girls’

The prospect of following Freeman’s foosteps and playing Cross on the big screen is an understandably intimidating one, but Elba arguably has the screen presence to make the part his own (see his recent turn in Thor for proof of that). Hence (in part) why fans were so disappointed to learn that Rob Cohen (Fast and the Furious, xXx) would instead be directing Perry in the part.

Perry has only previously tackled one role in a film that he neither wrote or directed – his brief turn as Admiral Barnett in the new Star Trek. Regardless of whether or not you’re a fan of Perry’s most popular role (that of the gun-packin’ grandma Madea), it’s difficult to argue that he seems like the perfect match for the role of Alex Cross.

On the other hand: neither Cohen or Perry have ever worked on a film like this before, so maybe (and right now, that is a big maybe) the two will surprise us all and make I, Alex Cross a memorable addition to the murder-mystery genre.

Production on I, Alex Cross is slated to begin this August, with a theatrical release date of Fall 2012 or early 2013 in mind.

Source: Variety

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  1. No, Jean, NOOOOOOOOOOOOOoooooo!!!

    Ne le faites pas!!!

  2. I really love these books and the title character. I can burn threw those books like no other series. I REALLY hope they do this character justice. Morgan Freeman, though a little old for the part imo, did very well in Kiss The Girls and Along Came a Spider. I never liked the fact that those two stories are told out of order and vary gravely from the book in areas but Morgan did a great job portraying the character. I will not fault him for bad writing.

    This series could be GREAT and turn into a franchise easily if done right. I have no doubt Tyler can do well but the writing has to be there. Here is a hint: Use the books. The story is already there and that is what people want to see.

  3. If you keep giving Tyler Perry money, he won’t go away!

    • ROFLMAO!!!

  4. four blind mice is a better book to turn into a movie I loved it CHECK IT OUT

    • Agreed.

  5. Will Tyler Perry do the role of Alex Cross in the Madea wig? Now that would be something.

  6. I personally liked Will Smith or Edris Elba portraying either Alex Cross or his best friend and crime-fighting partner, Sampson. Together, personally, they would be fantastic. But, that’s just me.

  7. It doesn’t matter who they cast supporting Perry I’m this movie as Tyler is not the man to play cross I’ve read all the books and was looking forward to seeing idris elba play this role now I think i will give it a miss I just can’t stand Perry and in the UK we get very little of his work thankfully