Author James Patterson’s DC Police Detective Alex Cross is heading to the small screen with Aldis Hodge taking the reigns as the character in the upcoming series ‘Cross’ for the Prime Video streaming service. Hodge will be the third actor to portray the crimefighter.
“From Paramount Television Studios and Skydance Television, Cross is a complex, twisted, pulse-pounding thriller created by producer and writer Ben Watkins, based on the worldwide best-selling Alex Cross book series by James Patterson. Alex Cross is a detective and forensic psychologist, uniquely capable of digging into the psyches of killers and their victims, in order to identify—and ultimately capture—the murderers,” Amazon said on their website.
Patterson will serve as a co-executive producer for the series with Bill Robinson and Patrick Santa for James Patterson Entertainment.
Fans will recognize Hodge for his role in ‘Black Adam’ as Hawkman and for his portrayal of the Atlanta Falcons linebacker Brian Banks.
Head of global television at Amazon Studios Vernon Sanders said in a press release, “James Patterson is among the best at captivating audiences with his undeniably enthralling novels and we are confident that with Ben Watkins’ artistic vision, Cross will do the same for our global customers.”
“We are proud to work with James and Ben alongside Paramount Television, Skydance, and the extremely talented Aldis Hodge, who we know will do an exceptional job of bringing Alex Cross to life,” he added.
First appearing in the 1993 novel ‘Along Came A Spider,’ Cross would appear in over thirty novels, two novellas, and has a spin-off series surrounding the character’s daughter Ali.
Prime Video said that “Alex Cross is brilliant, flawed, and full of contradictions. A doting father and family man, Cross is single-minded to the point of obsession when he hunts killers. He is desperate for love, but his wife’s murder has left him too damaged to receive it.”
Morgan Freeman previously portrayed the detective in the films ‘Kiss the Girls’ (1997) and ‘Along Came a Spider’ (2001) followed by Tyler Perry in the 2012 movie ‘Alex Cross.’
The books have been published Little, Brown and Company since their inception.