*Tyler Perry is branching out beyond his own productions and has been cast to star as the title role in upcoming movie, “I, Alex Cross,” based on the novel by author James Patterson.
When the announcement was made, critics were skeptical since seasoned actor Morgan Freeman played the Alex Cross character on a big screen production in “Kiss The Girls.” Perry is mostly known for his drag character Madea, so some wonder if he’ll be able to step out of the norm and be taken seriously.
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But “Cross” costar and director, Edward Burns, believes in Perry and says a lot of folks are gonna be surprised with his performance. Here’s what he told ComingSoon.net:
“There are things that will shock people, mostly though Tyler Perry’s performance. The guy is so good in this movie and so powerful that I think people are going to be really shocked. He came and delivered. He’s a big dude, a smart guy. He’s a very powerful presence both physically and intellectually, so I think people are going to be very surprised.”
*The film reboot of author James Patterson’s iconic Alex Cross character won’t hit theaters until sometime next year, but the movie has already prompted a nasty legal fight, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Producers of “I, Alex Cross,” in which Tyler Perry stars as the character made famous by Morgan Freeman in “Kiss the Girls” and “Along Came a Spider” (both adapted from Patterson novels), on Wednesday sued another set of producers who allegedly are not involved in the project but are demanding credit and to be paid.
Bill Block’s QED International, as well as entities JBP Business and SueJack, filed suit against Jan Korbelin, Marina Grasic and their Visitor Pictures claiming that Visitor was initially approached in 2008 to produce the crime drama but negotiations for a deal broke down and the parties went their separate ways. Now that the film is shot and set for release next year by Summit Entertainment, the lawsuit claims Visitor has resurfaced and is claiming “that they reached a binding agreement with plaintiffs relating to their involvement in the film, and that they are entitled to compensation and screen credit set for in the draft [deal].”
The plaintiffs claim Visitor has been threatening litigation. We’ve reached out to the defendants for comment and will update if we get a response.
The suit asks the Los Angeles Superior Court to deny Visitor credit or compensation for “I, Alex Cross” (the complaint says the film title is simply Cross) but seeks no money.
The complaint, filed by Gregory Korn and Gregory Gabriel of Santa Monica’s Kinsella Weitzman firm, seeks a declaratory judgment that Visitor and its principals have no involvement in the film.
*On the heels of extending his first look deal with Lionsgate for another two years, Tyler Perry is about to begin filming “Good Deeds,” a new production for the studio in which he’ll once again work both in front of and behind the cameras, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
In addition to directing and writing the original screenplay, Perry will play the title character, Glen Deeds, in the romantic drama about a successful entrepreneur who’s about to get married when he suddenly finds himself more interested in a down-on-her-luck single mother than his uptown fiance.
The production begins filming at the end of April in Atlanta and is being produced by Tyler Perry Studios and Lionsgate.
Meanwhile, Perry’s latest film for Lionsgate, “Madea’s Big Happy Family,” scheduled to open nationwide April 22.
As previously reported, Perry has also been tapped to play the detective Alex Cross in QED International’s “I, Alex Cross,” based on the novel by James Patterson.
*Movie studio Summit has picked up U.S. rights to “I, Alex Cross,” in which Tyler Perry is set to play the detective-psychologist created by novelist James Patterson, a Summit spokesman confirmed to the Hollywood Reporter.
As previously reported, “I, Alex Cross” will be the first major role Perry has undertaken that doesn’t involve one of his own projects.
Idris Elba was attached to portray the detective in an indie due to be directed by David Twohy, but that adaptation appears to be shelved for now, according to the trade.
Rob Cohen is directing “I, Alex Cross” for QED, with QED partners Bill Block and Paul Hanson producing along with exec producers Leopoldo Gout and Steve Bowen.
Summit’s acquisition reteams its chairman/CEO Rob Friedman, with the franchise. During his tenure as Paramount vice chairman, Paramount released the two earlier adaptations of Patterson’s Cross novels — 1997′s “Kiss the Girls” and 2001′s “Along Came a Spider,” both starring Morgan Freeman.