As "The Great Streaming Wars of 2020" rage on, Amazon is hoping James Patterson's Alex Cross has the answers – with Variety reporting exclusively that the streamer is developing a television series based on the popular literary Washington D.C. detective, FBI agent, and psychologist. Beginning with 1993's Along Came a Spider, Patterson's Cross series has extended over 25 novels and several films: 1997's Kiss the Girls and 2001's Along Came a Spider with Morgan Freeman; and 2012's Alex Cross, with Tyler Perry in the title role. No word yet on which novel or novels the series will use as source material.
James Patterson Entertainment's Patterson and Bill Robinson are set to executive produce alongside Skydance Television's David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, and Marcy Ross. Amazon Studios, Paramount Television Studios, and Skydance are set to produce.
First published in 1993 by Little, Brown and Company, here's a look at the novel that started it all: Along Came a Spider:
Alex Cross is a homicide detective with a Ph.D. in psychology. He works and lives in the ghettos of D. C. and looks like Muhammad Ali in his prime. He's a tough guy from a tough part of town who wears Harris Tweed jackets and likes to relax by banging out Gershwin tunes on his baby grand piano. But he also has two adorable kids of his own, and they are his own special vulnerabilities.
Jezzie Flanagan is the first woman ever to hold the highly sensitive job as supervisor of the Secret Service in Washington. Blond, mysterious, seductive, she's got an outer shell that's as tough as it is beautiful. She rides her black BMW motorcycle at speeds of no less than 100 mph. What is she running from? What is her secret?
Alex Cross and Jezzie Flanagan are about to have a forbidden love affair-at the worst possible time for both of them. Because Gary Soneji, who wants to commit the "crime of the century," is playing at the top of his game. Soneji has outsmarted the FBI, the Secret Service, and the police. Who will be his next victim?
Gary Soneji is every parent's worst nightmare. He has become Alex Cross's nightmare. And now, reader, he's about to become yours.