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 (buy now) 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.
James Patterson, Bill Robinson, and Patrick Santa are executive producing for James Patterson Entertainment, and David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, and Bill Bost are 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.