By Jeff Labrecque
February 07, 2012 at 07:38 PM EST

The intriguing reboot of the Alex Cross franchise featuring Tyler Perry as the detective once played by Morgan Freeman will get its start Oct. 26, Summit Entertainment announced today. Freeman had played the main character from James Patterson’s best-selling novels in Kiss the Girls (1997) and Along Came a Spider (2001), and the casting of Perry, most famous for playing for laughs in his Madea films, has raised eyebrows while also raising hopes that he might be able to introduce the character to a much broader audience. (Along Came a Spider grossed a respectable but not blockbuster $74 million.)

Based on the 2009 book, I, Alex Cross, the reboot follows the detective-with-an-M.D. on his hunt of a serial killer (Matthew Fox) who targets a member of Cross’ own family. Rob Cohen (The Fast and the Furious) is directing and Edward Burns, Rachel Nichols, and Jean Reno costar.

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