Aldis Hodge to star in Amazon’s Alex Cross series
James R | On 28, Oct 2022
Aldis Hodge will star as Alex Cross in Amazon’s new series based on James Patterson’s novels.
From Paramount Television Studios and Skydance Television, Cross has been in the works for some time at Amazon Studios, but has now formally been given a series order. The thriller, created by producer and writer Ben Watkins, follows the 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.
Aldis Hodge (Black Adam, City On A Hill, One Night In Miami) will play the titular character and also serves as a producer on the series.
“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,” said Vernon Sanders, head of global television at Amazon Studios. “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.”
Ben Watkins serves as showrunner and executive produces the series. Sam Ernst, Jim Dunn, and Craig Siebels also executive produce, with James Patterson, Bill Robinson, and Patrick Santa executive producing for James Patterson Entertainment, and David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, and Bill Bost executive producing for Skydance Television.
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Alex Cross series in development at Amazon
1st February 2020
Amazon Studios has put a new Alex Cross series in development.
Cross is the main hero of James Patterson’s bestselling crime novels, which follow the Metropolitan Police in Washington, D.C. The books have been running since 2003, with a total of 29 published to date. That kind of success and in-built audience is precisely what Amazon has been looking for in its choice of IP to adapt for Prime Video. Indeed, Amazon’s Bosch series, which is based on the Michael Connelly books, was renewed for a sixth season last year and is the streamer’s longest-running original project.
Cross is no stranger to the screen either, with Morgan Freeman and Tyler Perry both portraying him in feature film adaptations including 1997’s Kiss the Girls, 2001’s Along Came a Spider and 2012‘s Alex Cross. Which books will be chosen to adapt for Amazon is not yet known, although its Bosch series has often adapted multiple novels at once to make up each season. The project hails from Paramount Television Studios and Skydance Television, with Patterson and Bill Robinson exec-producing for James Patterson Entertainment. David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Marcy Ross will exec-produce for Skydance.