2022—Amazon Studios today announced that it has ordered Cross to series. 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. 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.Cross will premiere on Prime Video in more than 240 countries and territories worldwide.
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.
“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.
Aldis Hodge is a SAG Award-winning actor who currently plays Hawkman/Carter Hall in the New Line/Warner Bros. film Black Adam. He also starred in and served as an executive producer for Showtime’s City On A Hill. Hodge can also be seen on Leverage: Redemption where he reprises the role of Alec Hardison. Aldis starred as Jim Brown in Regina King’s directorial debut One Night in Miami and was nominated for his performance in the category of Best Supporting Actor for the NAACP Image Awards.
He also starred opposite Elizabeth Moss in Universal’s Invisible Man. He appeared in the Academy Award-nominated Twentieth Century Fox feature Hidden Figures, for which the cast received an ensemble award at the 2017 SAG Awards. Hodge is set to stars opposite his brother Edwin Hodge in the upcoming film, Parallel, produced by Hodge Brothers Productions. He is set to star opposite Joe Keery and Camila Morrone in the upcoming film, Marmalade, a romantic heist from director Keir O’Donnell.
About Paramount Television Studios:
Paramount Television Studios is a leading content studio, developing and financing a wide range of cutting-edge and entertaining television programs across all media platforms for distribution worldwide. The studio’s robust slate includes THE OFFER (Paramount+), GREASE: RISE OF THE PINK LADIES (Paramount+), FATAL ATTRACTION (Paramount+), AMERICAN GIGOLO (Showtime), “MADE FOR LOVE” (HBO Max), “STATION ELEVEN” (HBO Max), “SHANTARAM” (Apple TV+), “TIME BANDITS” (Apple TV+), “DEFENDING JACOB” (Apple TV+), “HOME BEFORE DARK” (Apple TV+), Tom Clancy’s “JACK RYAN” (Prime Video), “REACHER” (Prime Video), “DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY” (Hulu), “BEFORE” (Apple TV+), “THE SPIDERWICK CHRONICLES” (Disney+), “JOE PICKETT” (Spectrum Originals), “THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR” (Netflix) and “THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE” (Netflix), among others. Paramount Television Studios is a subsidiary of Paramount (NASDAQ: PARA; PARAA), a global content company with premier television, film and digital entertainment brands.
About Skydance Television:
Skydance Television is a leading supplier of premium scripted content across a range of platforms including Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Apple TV+, producing some of their most successful series including the Emmy-nominated series Grace and Frankie, which became Netflix’s longest running series following the release of its final season, as well as Reacher,Foundation,Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, and Condor. The TV studio has two new original series in various stages of production The Big Door Prize for Apple TV+ and an untitled spy series starring Arnold Schwarzenegger in his first ever scripted television series for Netflix.
Skydance is the diversified media company founded by David Ellison in 2010 to create high-quality, event-level entertainment for global audiences. The Company first launched with Feature Films and has since strategically expanded to include Television, Interactive, Animation, New Media and Sports, with studios in Los Angeles, Silicon Valley, Spain and Canada.
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