Tyler Perry Wants an 'Alex Cross' Sequel. Which James Patterson Villains Should He Face?
Rob Cohen’s Alex Cross hasn’t even opened in theaters yet (it starts screening on Friday, Oct. 19), and Tyler Perry’s already to jump right back into the brilliant detective’s crime-solving shoes.
According to a Deadline report, the actor-director is very close to putting together a deal with best-selling novelist James Patterson to adapt Double Cross as his second stint in the lead role. As the site points out, Perry is receiving better-than-expected reviews for his portrayal of the complicated Dr. Alex Cross, an intelligent criminologist whose case work with the FBI often forces him to match wits with equally brilliant but frequently demented criminal minds.
Patterson’s Cross novels are a film franchise waiting to happen. Hollywood tried to jump start the series back in 1997, casting Morgan Freeman in the main role. Moving ahead on a second film is a smart idea, because there are ample storylines out there waiting for Cross to find the right screenwriter-director pairing. There’s no reason Summit shouldn’t have 5 well-executed Alex Cross movies in theaters over the next 10 years.
But where can they go? The sky kind of is the limit. Perry’s nemesis in Alex Cross is named Picasso (played by Matthew Fox), and he’s an original character who’s loosely based on The Butcher, a serial killer introduced in flashbacks in the novel Cross. The plot of Patterson’s Double Cross finds Alex contending with two of his most-beloved foes … which got us thinking about the five villains we’d love to see in an Alex Cross sequel. You really have to start with:
1. Kyle Craig
Also known as The Mastermind, Craig is a former FBI agent who has become Cross’s chief antagonist over the course of Patterson’s lengthy literary series. Initially, they worked together to solve crimes, though Alex didn’t realize until Violets are Blue that the man he trusted was actually working against him under the alias of The Mastermind. From that point on, Cross and Craig have been pitted against each other in multiple novels. He absolutely needs to become a contentious force in the Cross movies.
2. The DC Audience Killer
If Perry wants to move on to Patterson’s Double Cross for his next film, then producers are going to have to introduce The DC Audience Killer, a criminal – or possible team of criminals – who commit very public murders ad often film them for telecast on the Internet. Cross realizes they seek the widest possible audience, hence the nickname. It’s very likely the DCAK will be a part of Perry’s next Cross story.
3. Gary Soneji
One of Alex’s earliest foes, this criminal mastermind originally kidnapped two high-profile children in Patterson’s Kiss the Girls, but weasled into Cross’s life over the course of the next few mysteries. Michael Wincott played Soneji in Lee Tamahori’s 2001 thriller Along Came a Spider.
Speaking of weasling, if Perry’s Cross films continue, producers need to find a way to introduce Geoffrey Shafer, aka The Weasel. A one-time Colonel in the British Army, as well as a former agent for England’s MI6 – like James Bond – Shafer made Alex’s like a living hell in Pop Goes the Weasel and London Bridges, but also prompts Patterson (and the film franchise) to take sequels to an international level with action in London, the Bahamas and Brazil.
5. The Wolf
This one would be complicated, as “The Wolf” is an alias used by several different people. Most of them rely on facial surgeries to hide their identities. Yet all of them hate Alex Cross, who foils most of the plans to bomb the world’s major cities. This is yet another character from Patterson’s universe who could translate nicely to the silver screen, and give Perry someone formidable to contend with over the course of several films.
Help us out, Patterson fans. Which notorious Alex Cross villains do you want to see on the big screen? Share your thoughts below.
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Sean is a film reviewer for The Washington Post and daily contributor to Fandango.
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