James Patterson is the best-selling author in the world and the latest of his books to hit the big screen is Alex Cross. Movie Fanatic met with the blockbuster writer for an exclusive video interview where he reflects on why Tyler Perry was a great choice to step into the part of Alex Cross -- the role made famous by Morgan Freeman in Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider.
"I had suggested Tyler two or three months earlier. I thought Tyler could do this. I was very conformable with him. He's more physical," Patterson said. "He's bigger, which Alex is."
Patterson also lets us in on a little secret and that is what books make great movies. "I think you can make a movie out of anything -- look at What to Expect When You're Expecting," he said and laughed. "When people go to the movies, they want to laugh their asses off, they want to cry. They want to get excited and scared. If you're doing a book, you have to make sure that the book has those elements when you compress it to do that."
Alex Cross, which hits theaters October 19, stars Perry as the wickedly smart lawman, along with Edward Burns as his partner, and Matthew Fox as the psycho killer known only as Picasso. Stay with Movie Fanatic for our exclusive chats with Perry, Fox and Burns!