He's back and Summit Entertainment has him. James Patterson's Alex Cross, last seen in Paramount's 'Kiss the Girls' and 'Along Came a Spider,' both starring Morgan Freeman, will return to the big screen in 'I, Alex Cross,' a reboot of the series with Tyler Perry as the title character. Ed Burns will play Cross's partner Tommy Kane, and 'Lost's' Matthew Fox will play a psycho serial killer who viciously murders Cross's wife when the detective thwarts one of his attempts to commit a murder. Rob Cohen is directing, with production expected to begin in early August for a fall 2012 or early 2013 release. [Deadline]
Deadline calls this "The Young Male Role to Die For": the lead in 'The Bourne Legacy,' the 'Bourne Identity' spinoff that Tony Gilroy (who wrote all three 'Bourne' films as well as helming 'Michael Clayton') is directing for Universal. Deadline lists the narrowing field of those set to test: Joel Edgerton ('The Thing'), Dominic Cooper ('The Devil's Double'), Garrett Hedlund ('Tron: Legacy') and Luke Evans ('The Amateur American') and speculates on those in the wings (Logan Marshall-Green of TV's 'Dark Blue' and Taylor Kitsch of 'Battleship').
Here's another remake to add to your list (you are keeping track, aren't you?). Comedy writer Tim Dowling ('Role Models') has been tapped by Warner Bros. and Overbrook Entertainment to rewrite 'Uptown Saturday Night,' a remake of the 1974 buddy comedy that starred Bill Cosby and Sidney Poitier. This one is being developed for Will Smith and Denzel Washington. David Dobkin ('Wedding Crashers,' the upcoming 'The Change-Up' and the recently announced 'The Judge') is attached to direct. [Variety]
Amy Adams has shown interest in taking a role in Adam Shankman's 'Rock of Ages,' the musical that chronicles two lovers navigating the rough 1980s hair-metal scene on the famed Sunset Strip. Tom Cruise, Julianne Hough, Mary J. Blige and Alec Baldwin star; Paul Giamatti has just been cast as the manager of the rock band fronted by Cruise's character, Stacee Jaxx. Adams would portray a journalist seduced by Jaxx. [TheWrap]
Ray Liottahas 'Bad Karma.' The actor has signed on to star in the Zero Gravity Prods. thriller about a con man who turns his life around after a near-death experience, only to be forced to come to terms with his shady past. Dominic Purcell and Rhona Mitra are in talks to come on board the film, which is being directed by Suri Krishnamma. Production begins in Canada this May. [Variety]
Juno Templehas joined the cast of 'The Dark Knight Rises,' but the studio is not commenting on what role the young actress will play. The Christopher Nolan film goes into production this summer with Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Anne Hathaway, Gary Oldman and Joseph Gordon-Levitt starring. [Variety]