Ever since Tyler Perry was first cast as Alex Cross in Summit’s James Patterson franchise reboot, fans have understandably been pretty skeptical. Remember, this is a role once played by the great Morgan Freeman in Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider. Any actor would have his work cut out for him following an act like that, but Perry in particular — who’s best known for his cross-dressing, comedic performances as Madea — seemed like an odd fit.

But the more optimistic among us were willing to give Perry the benefit of the doubt until we saw some footage, and now that the first trailer has hit we have a better idea of what Perry’s capable of in the part. The upcoming Alex Cross features the DC detective engaged in a cat-and-mouse game with Picass0 (a nearly unrecognizable Matthew Fox), a psychotic killer. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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Today’s a big day for unlikely action film developments; in this case I imagine that Neal Stephenson just started sharpening one of his swords. The author created a very specific portrait of the pioneer scientist Sir Isaac Newton, who also worked for a time at the British Mint, for his massive eight-book Baroque Cycle. In Stephenson’s telling, Newton is intensely brilliant, fiercely competitive, reclusive almost to the point of drama, and a scientific pioneer who was also devoutly, unwaveringly devoted to his faith.

I know, I know: halfway through that explanation you were already thinking, “duh, action hero.”

But Rob Cohen, who directed Stealth and just finished Alex Cross, is planning an action franchise based around Newton’s days at the Mint. Read More »

With just days to go until This Means War was scheduled to hit theaters, Fox has shifted its release date yet again. Less last-minute is Summit’s announcement of a fall release date for Alex Cross (formerly I, Alex Cross), which sees Tyler Perry ditching the Madea costume for once. But the biggest piece of news, which remains unconfirmed at the moment, is a possible 2013 release date for The Wolverine. Hit the jump for details on all three pictures. (Update: Fox just confirmed with us that the release date for The Wolverine is legit.)

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Casting! Here’s info one one potentially great project, one that will probably find an appreciative audience, and one that will perhaps just make you hungry. I’ll let you figure out which is which:

  • Wentworth Miller joins Park Chan-wook’s first English-language film, Stoker,
  • John C. McGinley will realize his destiny by playing police chief to Tyler Perry in I, Alex Cross,
  • and Tyler Posey will go to war with rival taco vendors in Taco Shop.

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Rob Cohen will direct the most expensive movie ever made in Korea, a war epic called 1950. That may not even be the strangest part. The film is based on the true story of Marguerite Higgins, then the New York Herald Tribune’s Far East bureau chief, who covered the Korean war from the front lines. A good story, no doubt, but when you make a mental list of directors who seem like a good fit for that particular tale, does the guy who directed Stealth, xXx and The Fast and the Furious jump to the top? No, not for me, either.

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Rob Cohen to Direct ‘Bullet Run’

Briefly: Rob Cohen directed The Fast and the Furious, kicking off a billion-dollar franchise for Universal. Now he’s set up to direct Bullet Run, based on a script by Andrew Hilton. The movie is an action thriller that is already being called The Fast and the Furious in a desert. (So… something like Fast & Furious?)

Here’s the plot, as given up by Deadline: “The head of an elite private protection team and his former CIA agent wife infiltrate the closed borders of Iran to abduct a man who killed their daughter. The extraction goes awry and they force to rely on their world-class driving skills and a fleet of high-performance street cars to travel 200 miles through a hail of bullets to keep alive the man they really want dead.”

Sounds utterly ludicrous, but also potentially fun. Where do the street cars come from? Hopefully they’re ‘liberated’ from old Hussein holdings, or perhaps just taken right off the streets of Dubai, where bankrupt investors left them to rot while fleeing the city.

Author James Patterson releases a new novel almost every other week. At least, that’s what it feels like. Murder mystery after murder mystery get turned out and devoured by legions of fans. In those novels, his most famous character is Alex Cross, a Washington D.C. detective and psychologist who was famously played by Morgan Freeman in two films: Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider. Producers recently decided to reboot the Cross franchise, casting Tyler Perry as the lead in I, Alex Cross, which will also star Matthew Fox and Ed Burns. After a few months of negotiations the project, which will be directed by Rob Cohen, has just been picked up for distribution by Summit Entertainment. Read more after the break. Read More »

James Patterson‘s Alex Cross character was brought to the screen by Morgan Freeman in two films, Kiss the Girls and Along Came A Spider. Now there is a reboot of the character being assembled at QED. Rob Cohen will direct an adaptation of I, Alex Cross with Tyler Perry playing the psychologist/detective that appears in over a dozen novels.

Now I, Alex Cross has a bad guy: Matthew Fox will make his first big screen appearance following the end of Lost as Michael Sullivan, “who kills both for money and thrills.” Ed Burns has also signed on to the film, and will play Tommy Kane, partner to Alex Cross. Read More »

Briefly: A package is now going around Hollywood to reboot James Patterson‘s Alex Cross franchise with Tyler Perry as the lead and Rob Cohen directing, I, Alex Cross. The character was previously played by Morgan Freeman in Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider. Read more after the jump. Read More »

LOL: Pinkberry: The Movie

In a world were Hollywood is searching through bins of action figures, toys and board games for ideas for the next big tent-pole movie franchise, it’s easy to believe that a Pinkberry movie isn’t out of the question. It’s not about the story anymore, its all about the IP, merchandising and product tie-ins. The William Morris Agency created a short film on the very subject for their internal quarterly meeting, and thanks to Deadline it is online for all to enjoy. It even features a cameo from hack director Rob Cohen. Watch it now, embedded after the jump.

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