ALEX CROSS Production Notes

Release Date: October 19, 2012 Studio: Summit Entertainment (Lionsgate) Director: Rob Cohen Screenwriter: James Patterson, Kerry Williamson, Marc Moss Starring: Tyler Perry, Matthew Fox, Edward Burns, Rachel Nichols, Jean Reno Genre: Action, Thriller MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for violence including disturbing images, sexual content, language, drug references, and nudity) Official Website: STUDIO SYNOPSIS: Alex Cross follows the homicide detective/psychologist (Tyler Perry), from the worldwide best-selling novels by James Patterson, as he meets his match in a serial killer (Matthew Fox). The two face off in a high-stakes game of cat and mouse, but when the mission gets personal, Cross is pushed to the edge of his moral and psychological limits in this taut and exciting action thriller.

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the character is a 40-year-old guy who is big and physical. Paul Hanson. Picasso's ultimate target is Detroit-based multi-national industrialist Giles Mercier (Reno) but what appears as obvious. 500 Days of Summer) and costume designer Abigail Murray (Warrior. He's truer to the Patterson character from the books than what was previously done on screen with Morgan. as Cross has to try to get into a killer's head to anticipate what could be next and to check the violent urges that Picasso has brought out in him. is not based on any particular book (although it's closer to the book Cross than any other book). screenplay by Marc Moss and Kerry Williamson. is anything but. "I am sure a lot of people were confounded when they heard Tyler was doing this character after Morgan Freeman did the role in earlier movies. The creative production team includes Brazilian director of photography Ricardo Della Rosa. Randal Emmett and Leopoldo Gout. while the same as one of the Cross books. His lifelong friend Tommy Kane (Burns) is also his partner and the two also work with detective Monica Ashe (Nichols). production designer Laura Fox (Hesher. dig two graves --Ancient Chinese proverb Synopsis ALEX CROSS follows the young homicide detective/psychologist (Tyler Perry). © 2012 Summit Entertainment 2 ." says Patterson. Since he created the character nearly 20 years ago. Alex Cross is directed by Rob Cohen. "Tyler is physically perfect. About the Production The movie's title. based on the novel "Cross" by James Patterson." says producer Bill Block. Steve Bowen. very intimidating but also thrilling to know I took on something that Morgan said yes to. Cross is pushed to the edge of his moral and psychological limits in this taut and exciting action thriller. "It's more of a man-hunt movie. Alex Cross reboots the movie series that started with the movie Along Came A Spider and Kiss the Girls. but it does merge two astoundingly popular American entertainers: Tyler Perry and James Patterson." says Perry. "and from a visual standpoint. but when the mission gets personal. James Patterson. who gets caught up in the chase for the serial killer nicknamed Picasso (Fox). editors Thom Noble (Oscar®-winning editor of Witness) and Matt Diezel. Producers are Bill Block." says producer Paul Hanson. television is now chock full of procedural investigations that are ‘walk-and-talks' so we had to take this to another level.ALEX CROSS (2012) PRODUCTION NOTES PRODUCTION NOTES When seeking out on a path of revenge. there are locations that would be nearly impossible to recreate which adds to the cinematic experience. that's Tyler. The story takes Alex Cross back to show the origins of the character as a Detroit police department detective. Kiss The Girls)." "Jim knew that this movie was important because it's the origin story of the character. from the worldwide bestselling novels by James Patterson. "Knowing that Morgan Freeman had done this role was very." says director Rob Cohen. Perry admits to a little bit of trepidation stepping into the role. "And he's going to blow people's minds how good he is in a dramatic role because people have seen him do comedy and a little bit of drama but nothing like this. as he meets his match in a serial killer (Matthew Fox). "Tyler usually sticks to his own productions but if you read Jim's books." For his part. The two face off in a high-stakes game of cat and mouse. ABC who makes his American debut.

" says Patterson. "I met Matthew Fox for another movie and while it didn't happen for us." Those qualities that Perry possesses are exactly what Patterson envisioned when he created the character of Cross nearly 20 years ago. "Morgan is a great actor." says Fox. When it came to casting Cross' adversary. maybe we'll work something out. physically and agewise. ‘you could be an action movie star' and he sort of laughed and said ‘well. © 2012 Summit Entertainment 3 . Cohen went against conventional wisdom which would have led him to who would make the best villain. thus accentuating the ambiguity of the character. "I thought if he could somehow wrap his mind around a villain of this proportion that he would be amazing and I really think he rose to the occasion of playing it. Perry also went on ride-alongs with Atlanta homicide policemen to get some first-hand experience and from the movie's technical advisor and armourer Darcy Leutzinger. Bill Block called me about this movie and wants to know what I thought about Tyler playing Cross and I told Bill that with his acting chops.ALEX CROSS (2012) PRODUCTION NOTES But to create that experience we needed someone who could envision things we couldn't imagine and we got pretty lucky that Rob Cohen said yes." says Cohen. "I trained about three times a week and it's the most ass-kicking workout I've ever experienced. "Rob is just a very. very cool director with amazing taste. While the director. his physical size and commanding voice that Tyler doing the role is a great idea." says Perry. "Matt put himself physically and emotionally on to a whole different level. Patterson and then the filmmakers have constructed Cross as the most American of icons: a lone sheriff in the old west who enforces the law and looks for justice where he can find it. in terms of his ability to do action. Kiss The Girls). learned how to handle weapons. Perry had to undergo some rigorous training in the self-defense art of Krav Maga used by hundreds of law enforcement agencies. "Then. "This is a villain unlike anything anyone has seen. But Tyler is much closer to the Alex Cross in books. I came away with the impression that he was intense guy and I remembered him. Cohen met Perry in 2010 when he saw the actor in the stage production of "Madea's Family Reunion." "I wanted to see what the Tyler Perry phenomenon was all about and after the show when we met I was amazed at how big he was and I told him. Cohen believed that it was essential Fox transform himself into something neither an audience nor the actor himself were familiar with.'" says Cohen. I felt I had to lose a lot of weight and get shredded down so that on the outside Picasso looked like someone who would have these disturbing ideas. nearly skeletal yet leaving behind only sinew and muscle on his 6'2" frame. To elevate the movie to another level. Cohen's take on it was that it should be somebody who could have played the hero. as luck would have it. realized that the cinematic experience he wanted to create could only truly come alive with some out-of-the-box casting." Cohen saw the potential in the script but realized that the Cross character had to be re-imagined from the books as well as the two movies (Along Came a Spider. "He told me and I agreed— months before we started filming—that playing this part was going to require a big commitment physically." In a way. renowned for his direction of numerous actionoriented movies." says Cohen." Fox lost nearly 35pounds for the role creating a visage that has him looking gaunt.

the estate was built by Goodyear Tire & Rubber founder F." says Cohen." "Kane understands that Cross is the brains of the operation and has probably been bailed out by Cross in the past.' And he says. an old police headquarters office near downtown and the renowned Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens in Akron.000). he would have to get into the heads of his protagonist and antagonist.' and we went in separate directions. And one of those situations is the issue of Kane having a relationship with co-worker Monica Ashe (Rachel Nichols). "In his mind. as the movie goes on. "He captures the moment with agonizing Cubist-like sketches because the character becomes more and more obsessed with the actual moment of death." says Cohen. Ohio. loses his civilization one layer at a time until he's down in the depths with Picasso. 2011 in Cleveland. ‘yep. "I didn't want these guys socializing off the set or chatting between takes." Production on the movie began August 8.A. "When you cast a role like this. the confluence of the state of Michigan drawing back on its tax incentive program and the state of Ohio expanding its program pushed the filmmakers to shoot the majority of the movie in Cleveland." says Fox of his role." To contrast the intensity of Perry and Fox's characters. Now. a float boat on the Cuyahoga River. ‘I'm Matthew. "With Eddie. While the story is set in Detroit. you're right. I told each of them.ALEX CROSS (2012) PRODUCTION NOTES "He's a civilized man who. "He's very much of an existentialist and the notion of shattering people's constructs of right and wrong and the way the world should work. ‘I'm Tyler and this will be the only time we'll be talking until we're done. A dramatic set piece was staged in front of the Cuyahoga County Courthouse on Cleveland's Lakeside Avenue." Perry recalls his one and only non-acting encounter with Fox: "We met at the production office and he says.' "And when I called ‘cut' in their scenes it was like a prize fight: each guy went to his separate corner and that was fine by me. reduced to 70 acres (from its original 3. By contrast Picasso's twisted sense of logic has him inflicting pain his victims or even himself. you need a woman who looks strong and vibrant—not someone who looks like they could be broken in half. he's giving his victims a moment of truly being alive before they die. "His dad was a policeman as were other relatives of his and he understands how to play a cop. ‘let the other guy be a mystery to you and when we get on the set. "The depth of hatred between these two characters is such that I wanted the actors to be a mystery to each other. Rachel is beautiful in a very real way and perfect for someone to be in secret relationship with Kane. The Cross family home was filmed in the quaint neighborhood of Cleveland Heights. where for three days production was able to fly a helicopter through the city © 2012 Summit Entertainment 4 . Seiberling in 1915.' I say." notes Cohen. Other locales included XO Prime Steak restaurant in the Warehouse District. which doubled for Giles Mercier's estate." With the pieces in place it became apparent to Cohen that to create unique characters. there had to be a mental transformation." says Cohen. as he believes this is the only time that a person can be totally free. "The great thing about Rachel is that she is a very well-educated woman who has the kind of sassiness that I love. sparks will fly. Cohen cast Edward Burns as Cross' laconic partner Thomas Kane. a chic mansion on the shore of Lake Erie in Bratenahl. you feel like he's one of those guys who's gone through life really enjoying it and doing a minimal amount of suffering and a maximum amount of blowing out the jams. While Fox transformed his body and both he and Perry underwent training for the fight sequences. but he's essentially chaos personified." notes Burns.

The grandeur of the first day was a polar opposite on the next day with the squalor of the abandoned (in 1958) Packard Automobile Factory. which partially serves as a threestory parking lot while the grandeur of the gilded and ornate 1920's plasterwork ceiling hangs mostly intact 60 feet above the cars. great city with astounding architecture. was a set constructed in a warehouse in Cleveland.5 million sq. scavengers and trees that somehow are growing on top of the buildings out of the wood. The venue probably was never witness to some of the action that took place during the filming including Matthew Fox opting out of having a stunt man take his place and being hung on a wire 60feet above the ground. "The decay in buildings becomes so layered and textured with the light streaming in at the oddest of angles. thus the building must remain while providing income via parking. ft. some of it preserved and some of it left to crumble. In the script the character of Mercier pointedly tells Cross about how Detroit invented the middle class and was once the American heartbeat but now envisions the city reborn with industries of the future. building in Sterling Heights. Edward Burns and director Rob Cohen (not unfamiliar with cars from Fast and The Furious) agog in wonder as they and the crew were able to spend the entire day among these treasures.ALEX CROSS (2012) PRODUCTION NOTES streets. and stage a massive fireball explosion (replete with automobiles and stunt personnel being tossed about) as cooperative local authorities rerouted local traffic so that a substantial amount of city streets could be closed off for filming. It is still one of the heartbreaking reminders of why Detroit was referred to as The Paris of The Midwest in the 1920s. A priceless collection in the 81. Production concluded in Cleveland on September 16 and then moved to Detroit for two weeks of filming. it was discovered that the adjoining building was structurally dependent on the Michigan Theatre. it had Tyler Perry. "The stunt guys made me feel very secure and I was able to relax to concentrate on the scene…but it was pretty interesting being up that high." notes Cohen. The sequence that takes place above the ceiling (in the catwalk). plant now serves as a home to innovative graffiti artists (including Banksy)." says Fox © 2012 Summit Entertainment 5 . The gilded buildings as well as the beautiful decay of the city were show to full effect in a whirlwind two-week shoot in the city." Fox and Cohen both referenced the books The Ruins of Detroit and Detroit Disassembled for inspiration. paintballers. "It's a great. "Photographers and filmmakers love to film Detroit because it doesn't need much. The 3. The first day of the Detroit shoot was at the General Motors Heritage Center that has on display over 200 of the most innovative or culturally important cars from the last 100 years. Michigan. While the building was abandoned in the 1970s. then came the theatre and now the automobile has reclaimed the space.000 sq. Production then moved on to the former Michigan Theatre. It was here that serves as the staging for a climactic fight between Cross and Picasso. In the 1890's the site served as Henry Ford's workshop where he built his first car." says production designer Laura Fox. ft.

The letters. in con© 2012 Summit Entertainment 6 . delighting audiences across America and around the world. Don't Make A Black Woman Take Off Her Earrings: Madea's Uninhibited Commentaries On Life And Love. In 1998 his perseverance paid off and a promoter booked I Know I've Been Changed for a limited run at a local church-turned-theatre. In early 2005.ALEX CROSS (2012) PRODUCTION NOTES ABOUT THE CAST TYLER PERRY (Alex Cross) has lived an inspirational journey from the hard streets of New Orleans to the heights of Hollywood's A-list and is the stuff of American legend. He spent all the money but the people never came. faith and perseverance that would later form the foundations of his much-acclaimed plays. 1 God and. films. Jakes. Tyler Perry never looked back. was played by Perry himself. and Kerry Washington." In 2007. Thandie Newton. Daddy's Little Girls.after House of Payne. I Know I've Been Changed.only got stronger. and in 1992 Tyler gathered his life's savings and set off for Atlanta in hopes of staging it for sold out crowds. I Can Do Bad All by Myself. forgiveness. Perry also helped release Academy Awardnominated Precious. It was a simple piece of advice from Oprah Winfrey that set Tyler's career in motion. The Family That Preys.and set the stage for Tyler's jump to the big screen. Tyler expanded his reach to television with the TBS series House of Payne. Madea was such a resounding success. Encouraged to keep a diary of his daily thoughts and experiences. His film. the community came out in droves. Madea. pot-smoking. Tyler fought from a young age to find the strength. Madea's Family Reunion. Meet the Browns. Born into poverty and raised in a household scarred by abuse. which went into syndication after only a year. For Colored Girls. Whoopi Goldberg. In the year 2000. He spent months sleeping in seedy motels and his car but his faith . I Can Do Bad All By Myself marked the first appearance of the now-legendary Madea. He forged a powerful relationship with the church. full of pain and in time. was released in November 2010 and featured an all-star cast including Janet Jackson. It went on to claim Quill Book Awards for both "Humor" and "Book of the Year. His follow up effort. and soon the musical moved to Atlanta's prestigious Fox Theatre. Meet The Browns. books and shows. was the second highest debut ever on cable . in turn. he began writing a series of soul-searching letters to himself. and Tyler once again came face to face with the poverty that had plagued his youth.D. Why Did I Get Married?. Diary of a Mad Black Woman. gun-toting. based on Ntozake Shange's 1975 play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf. became a healing catharsis. debuted at No. And so began an incredible run of thirteen plays in as many years. and Why Did I Get Married Too? have all met with massive critical and commercial success. His ensuing films. a movie based on the novel Push by Sapphire. Madea Goes To Jail (2005) . the highest-rated first-run syndicated cable show of all time. including Woman Thou Art Loosed!. Tyler's first feature film. This time. which shot to the top of the New York Times nonfiction bestseller list and remained there for eight weeks. a celebrated collaboration with the prominent Dallas pastor T. The God-fearing. Madea's Big Happy Family. His writing inspired a musical. In 2006 saw the publication of Tyler's first book. was released in April 2011 to wide success. loud-mouthed grandmother. she soon spawned a series of plays Madea's Family Reunion (2002). Madea's Class Reunion (2003). and kept writing. himself .

a pond. as well as being nominated for the Golden Globe and Emmy for Outstanding Leading Man in a Drama Series. MATTHEW FOX (Picasso) is best known for his role as Dr. Burns' second film. Tyler Perry practices what he preaches.000. In January 2010.000 square foot Studio in Atlanta. and what he preaches has endeared him to millions of fans drawn by that unique blend of spiritual hope and down-home humor that continues to shape his inspiring life story and extraordinary body of work. and Perry Place . Burns built on this platform and successfully released Nice Guy Johnny via digital distribution in 2010. Jack Shephard in J. a back lot. Nice Guy Johnny.ALEX CROSS (2012) PRODUCTION NOTES junction with his 34th Street Films banner. Smokin' Aces. direct. Project Adventure. Abrams awardwinning smash-hit series "Lost. He has donated generously to charities that focus on helping the homeless. Purple Violets was the first feature film to premiere exclusively on iTunes. Dark & Deep. including the trial of the Jena 6 in his home state of Louisiana.000 via The Tyler Perry Foundation to help rebuild the lives of those affected by the recent earthquakes in Haiti. The film also won "Best First Feature" at the 1996 Independent Spirit Awards. a 400-seat theater and a private screening room. which © 2012 Summit Entertainment 7 . a postproduction facility. his credits include Speed Racer. and most recently. for which he received rave reviews. Hosea Feed the Hungry. Lauded by critics and audiences alike. and actor able to simultaneously and successfully wear multiple hats." He recently made his theater debut as 'Bobby' in Neil Labute's In a Forest. director and actor is the romantic drama NEWLYWEDS. Perry opened his 200. making it the most profitable film of 1995. Perry pledged $1. Vantage Point. which Burns wrote.000 and went on to gross over $10 million at the domestic box office. reinforced Burns' versatile talent as a writer. In a groundbreaking deal. directed and starred in. winning the Grand Jury prize.a 20-home community that Tyler built for survivors of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. director. including the Paramount Classics relationship comedy Sidewalks of New York. star in and produce his films. For film. Covenant House. His other television work includes the popular Golden Globe award-winning series "Party of Five. We are Marshall and the forthcoming movies Billy Smoke and World War Z starring Brad Pitt. His 10th feature film as a writer. But listen to Tyler Perry and you'll hear a man who hasn't forgotten about the people that have helped him reach the top of a mountain he could once only dream of climbing. EDWARD BURNS (Thomas Kane) gained international recognition for his first feature The Brothers McMullen. He has been intimately involved in civil rights cases. Burns continues to write. which premiered in competition at the 1995 Sundance Film Festival. In the fall of 2008. such as Feeding America. He recently wrapped production on We the Peeples and can next be seen starring alongside Thandie Newton and Gabrielle Union in Good Deeds. consisting of 5 sound stages. he jointly won the 2005 SAG Ensemble Award. was shot on a budget of only $25. Tyler sponsored a trip to Walt Disney World for 65 children after learning that a suburban swim club had turned them away because of the color of their skin." For this role.J. The film. Tyler Perry has also built 2 churches and has donated generously to the NAACP. Purple Violets. In July 2009. the romantic comedy She's The Onestarring Jennifer Aniston and Cameron Diaz.

Sienna Miller. Burns starred opposite Tom Hanks and Matt Damon in Steven Spielberg's critically acclaimed World War II epic Saving Private Ryan. He also starred in the thriller 15 Minutes opposite Robert De Niro. he will star in ‘40'. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Dennis Quaid. In 2005-2006. as ‘Tamara. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra took the top spot at the box office on their respective opening weekends. Winona Ryder.J. talent. Zachary Quinto. Nichols appeared in Mike Nichols' Charlie Wilson's War with Tom Hanks and in the sports drama. Nichols starred in the last season of the hit television series. Jackson and Josh Hartnett. Nichols starred in the Fox drama. In 2011. Abrams.' who worked alongside Sydney Bristow (Jennifer Garner) in the special ops division of the CIA. Nichols starred in Star Trek. Additionally. Doug Ellin's much buzzed about new HBO series. Burns was most recently seen in the feature film Man on a Ledge opposite Sam Worthington and Elizabeth Banks. Others in the cast included Channing Tatum. Nichols starred as ‘Scarlett' in G. RACHEL NICHOLS (Monica Ashe) has established herself as a star on both the big and small screens. and Eric Bana.I. Directed by J.I. In May 2009." Rachel starred as ‘Ashley Seaver' in Season 6 of the series. Resurrecting the Champ with Samuel L. The Inside. Rachel portrayed 'Rachel Gibson. While at Hunter College in New York City. the film also starred Chris Pine. In November 2007. produced by Imagine Television. She was most recently seen in Conan the Barbarian. Burns switched his focus from English to filmmaking before quickly moving on to make The Brothers McMullen. © 2012 Summit Entertainment 8 . P2. versatility and poise. In 2005. and the 20th Century Fox romantic comedy hit 27 Dresses opposite Katherine Heigl. Also in 2007. directed by Frank Khalfoun and produced by Alexandre Aja. Nichols returned to television as a series regular on the CBS crime drama.ALEX CROSS (2012) PRODUCTION NOTES premiered at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF). Alias. Both Star Trek and G. A Bird of the Air released in September 2011. In August 2008.' the love interest to Jason Momoa's ‘Conan' and the comedic and romantic drama. He lives in New York City with his wife and two children. as well as in Jennifer Westfeldt's Friends With Kids. Wes Bentley also starred in this film. Confidence opposite Dustin Hoffman. commanding and the attention of filmgoers and television viewers with her beauty. "Criminal Minds. Nichols starred as the lead in the Summit Entertainment thriller. As an actor. In August 2009. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra directed by Stephen Sommers. Newlyweds was his 6th film to be featured at TFF and closed the festival. Queens and raised on Long Island. Burns was born in Woodside. Burns has been involved with TFF since the festival's inception in 2002. Nichols was seen starring in Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 written by Elizabeth Chandler and directed by Sanaa Hamri.

reprising his role. Reno directed his first opera. L'Oreal. he starred in Couples Retreat alongside Vince Vaughn. Reno starred in The Round Up. Puccini's Manon Lescaut for the Teatro Regio in Turin. Nimrod Anatol directed the suspense thriller for Sony Screen Gems. In November of 2007. Andy Garcia and Alfred Molina. Reno filmed the comedy You Don't Choose Your Family which was directed by his Les Visateur co-star Christian Clavier as well as Daniel Cohen's Comme Un Chef for Gaumont. In January 2008. The role was for "The Vogue Idea" episode where she starred as the restaurant hostess that became the birthday present from Kim Catrall to her boyfriend. Reno starred in Armored. a novel. opposite Steve Martin. JEAN RENO (Giles Mercier) is the renowned French actor who rapidly gained recognition among American audiences with pivotal roles in box-office blockbusters such as Brian DePalma's Mission Impossible opposite Tom Cruise. Jon Favreau.ALEX CROSS (2012) PRODUCTION NOTES That same year. based on a best-selling French novel by Jean-Christophe Grange who also wrote Crimson Rivers. she broke into the world of acting when her agent sent her out on her first audition. Roland Emmerich's Godzilla. Italy. Reno is one of France's most revered and respected actors. Although it was the first audition she had ever been on. Les Visiteurs II. Nichols starred in the remake of the horror classic The Amityville Horror produced by Michael Bay. In the winter of 2006. which was for Sex and the City. Reno was seen on the big screen with James Franco in Tony Bill's World War I epic Flyboys for MGM and heard in DreamWorks' animated feature Flushed Away. Nichols has also guest starred on the ABC series In the Line of Fire. Most recently. She followed that role with a role in Autumn in New York with Richard Gere. After campaigns with such brands as Guess. Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd. which was also made into a blockbuster feature film starring Reno. also broke box office records. directed by Ron Howard. © 2012 Summit Entertainment 9 . and Jason Bateman. Luc Besson's The Professional with Natalie Portman and John Frankenheimer's Ronin opposite Robert DeNiro. Abercrombie & Fitch and Nicole Miller. having starred opposite Gerard Depardieu in the blockbuster comedy Tais Toi and Les Visiteurs. with Matt Dillon and Laurence Fishburne. Matt Damon and Anna Paquin. Richard. Emily Mortimer. which became the highest grossing film in French box office history when it was released. He was also featured in Roberto Benigni's The Tiger and the Snow. Reno touched American audiences with his romantic portrayal of a love-struck gourmet chef who sweeps Juliette Binoche off her feet in Jet Lag. This film also starred Ryan Reynolds and Melissa George. from which she has graduated with a double major in math and economics. Paul Bettany and Audrey Tatou in Sony Pictures' The DaVinci Code. Alex Cross. a World War II piece that received critical praise both for the film itself and Reno's dramatic portrayal of a French doctor to Jewish children in Vichy France. Reno wrapped principal photography on Sony's Pink Panther Redeux. Its sequel. Ponton. He also starred in L'Empire de Loups (Empire of the Wolves). Reno also starred opposite Steve Martin in The Pink Panther and opposite Tom Hanks. Reno will next be seen in Kenneth Lonergan's Margaret with Mark Ruffalo. in which she portrays the unforgettable role of the family babysitter. she was offered the role immediately. In 2003. In 2010. That year. Pink Panther Redeux was released in February 2009. A small town New England native. John Cleese. Nichols first caught the attention of a modeling scout while attending the prestigious Columbia University in New York City. she starred in the prequel to Dumb and Dumber. Just prior to his work on I.

Other American film credits include Paul Weiland's For Roseanna in which he co-starred opposite Mercedes Ruehl. Reno pursued his dream of acting in France after serving his military service in Germany.A charismatic and versatile actress. Born in Casablanca to Spanish parents. In addition to her impressive acting credits. in which she co-stars with Ray Winstone. Subway opposite Christopher Lambert and Isabelle Adjani. for the ABC Network. Stephanie completed a part in the military thriller The Devil's Tomb from director Jason Connery. and Los Angeles. who spoke only his native Spanish for the first eleven years of his life. Eric Duret's L'Homme Au Masque D'Or. and Jacques Monnet's Signes Exterieurs de Richesse.ALEX CROSS (2012) PRODUCTION NOTES He has also enjoyed a tremendously successful collaboration with the acclaimed French director Luc Besson. Kelley's Life on Mars pilot by Emmy-winning director Thomas Schlamme (The West Wing). In addition to The Professional. Stephanie was seen as Lauren Yung on the return of the series drama Melrose Place. England to a Nigerian father and Scottish mother. She was subsequently cast in the crucial role of Maya Robertson in David E. Born in Hong Kong and raised in Australia. CARMEN EJOGO (Maria Cross) is best known for her breakthrough role in the television movie Boycott as Coretta Scott King. Stephanie began her career in Australia. and John McTiernan's Rollerball. Christian Le Jale's Loulou Graffiti. the highly successful featurelength installment of the critically-acclaimed Universal/Sci-Fi Channel series Battlestar Galactica. She received a TV Week "Logie" nomination for "Most Popular New Talent" for her regular role on the long running hit series Home & Away. Marco Ferreri's I Love You. including a supporting role in The Avengers opposite Ralph Fiennes and Uma Thurman and a costarring role as a woman struggling for racial equality in the television mini-series Color Blind. She made her first film in 1986 and has gone on to play a wide range of roles in both television and feature films. it was her portrayal of the title character in Sally Hemmings: An American Scandal that © 2012 Summit Entertainment 10 . in which Reno also starred. Stephanie attended Sydney University where she graduated with a double major in Philosophy and English Literature. also speaks fluent French. STEPHANIE JACOBSEN (Fan Yau Lee) made her debut American Television as the lead role of Kendra Shaw in Razor. Italian. Betrand Blier's Notre Histoire. Lawrence Kasdan's French Kiss with Kevin Kline and Meg Ryan. His screen debut was in the French film Claire de Femme director by Costa Gavras. Settling in Paris. Other international film credits include Richard Berry's 22 Bullets. English and a fair amount of Japanese. New York. She was most recently seen starring on the Fox TV series The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Ejogo was born in London. Last fall. which she followed with a major recurring arc on the Australian series Headland. He splits his time between Paris. Ejogo most recently costarred in director Sam Mendes' film Away We Go where she played the seemingly all together sister of Maya Rudolph. The duo also collaborated on the making of Wasabi. The Big Blue opposite Roseanna Arquette and the acclaimed thriller La Femme Nikita opposite Anne Parillaud. However. Jean-Marie Poire's L'Operaton Corned Beef. Reno joined stage director Didier Flamand in a traveling theater company that took him around the country. Reno. he has co-starred in Besson's Le Dernier Combat. Francis Verber's Le Jaguar. with appearances on the popular sci-fi show Farscape and the comedy series Pizza. She was nominated for an Image Award for her portrayal of the forceful civil rights activist who carried on her husband's dream of a unified America.

Continuing to forge a career defined by great range. Ejogo once again came to critics' attention as part of the ensemble cast of Ruben Santiago.Hudson's critically acclaimed television movie Lackawanna Blues. and in the action film Metro opposite Eddie Murphy. Ejogo co-starred opposite Ed Norton in Gavin O'Connor's film Pride and Glory and opposite Terrence Howard in Neil Jordan's film The Brave One. The film was awarded a Humanitas Prize. Ejogo was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for her performance. she also starred in the comedy What's The Worst That Could Happen? opposite Danny DeVito and Martin Lawrence. The movie and its cast were nominated for seven Emmy Awards. More recently. She followed this with co-starring roles in the Kenneth Branagh adaptation of Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost and in Michael Rymer's feature filmPerfume. two Independent Spirit Awards and a Television Critics Association Award. and won both a National Board of Review Award and an NAACP Image Award. Ejogo currently resides in New York with her husband and two children. © 2012 Summit Entertainment 11 . In addition.ALEX CROSS (2012) PRODUCTION NOTES brought her to critics' and audiences' attention.

His directing of The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor. ROB COHEN (Director) maintains a unique place in the entertainment industry. then as a highly prolific producer and finally as one of American film's most versatile and successful directors. he discovered the classic movie. The Rat Pack garnered 11 Emmy Award nominations (winning three). Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story—which was both written and directed by Cohen—humanized the legendary Hong Kong-born action hero for new generations. and made stars of both Jason Scott Lee and Lauren Holly. Desiring to expand into feature films. His debut film. several of them antidotes for the "blaxploitation" films of the era. from which he graduated magna cum laude with a degree in anthropology. revealing a filmmaker constantly in search of broadening his cinematic horizons. and was nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Visual Effects. Cohen was born in Cornwall-on-Hudson in New York. Heralded both by critics and audiences. For Dragonheart. © 2012 Summit Entertainment 12 . Cohen's previous directorial efforts reveal his expansive storytelling interests. Cohen was intricately involved with both the design of the massive creature and implementation of the state-of-the-art effects from Industrial Light & Magic. Sundance and Stowaway to the Moon. Lonely Night. starring Billy Dee Williams. Cohen joined Motown as its executive vice president of the motion-picture division while still in his early 20s. A Small Circle of Friends.ALEX CROSS (2012) PRODUCTION NOTES ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS Combining nearly three decades of motion picture experience. first as an executive. won Cheadle a Golden Globe Award and earned Cohen a nomination from the Directors Guild of America for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television. Cohen moved to Los Angeles. The film won the Saturn Award as Best Fantasy Film in 1996. where as a reader for International Famous Agency (IFA). an NBC made-for-television movie. prove that Cohen is often on the cutting edge of cultural (pop and otherwise) and technological developments and the three films have generated more than one billion dollars. Joe Mantegna as Dean Martin and Don Cheadle as Sammy Davis Jr. Cohen produced some key entries in 1970s cinema. After graduation. starred Brad Davis and Karen Allen in a romance set against the political turmoil of late 1960s Harvard University (Cohen's alma mater). Cohen's films as both producer and director have swept across a wide range of topics and backdrops. chronicled an entire era as it told the story of Hollywood and Las Vegas' most famous swingers in their heyday. when he assisted director Daniel Petrie in making Silent Night. He left IFA for 20th Century Fox Television and quickly acquired the title director of television movies. He attended Harvard University. was a seriocomic look at the Negro Leagues of the 1930s. Cohen's critically acclaimed The Rat Pack. The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings.. At Motown. an HBO film starring Ray Liotta as Frank Sinatra. He began his career in film during his sophomore year at Harvard. James Earl Jones and Richard Pryor. the first time that a major motion-picture character was fully rendered digitally. The Fast and the Furious and xXx. visual effects made a quantum leap in Cohen's epic fable of an unlikely alliance in mythical times between a knight (Dennis Quaid) and a fierce but noble dragon endowed with the powers of speech (voiced by Sean Connery). developing such projects as Mrs. The Sting.

At Motown. Norfolk Academy. Cohen's television directorial credits include an Emmy-nominated episode of Miami Vice.with Asian actors filling all of those roles. Northern Ireland. Tyler Perry. He currently lives in Virginia Beach with his wife and three children. notable for being one of the very few to focus on Asian characters. wrote and executive-produced the series Vanishing Son. Arnold Kopelson. California. Kerry Williamson (Screenwriter) was born and raised in Belfast. Virginia. which was the decade's quintessential disco movie. Mahogany and The Wiz both starred Diana Ross. For The Wiz. and Mahogany received an Academy Award® nomination for its now-standard theme song Theme from Mahogany (Do You Know Where You're Going To). Indonesia. which also starred Williams..ALEX CROSS (2012) PRODUCTION NOTES The television movie Scott Joplin. Mark Johnson. She was presented the award by Michael D. which won Best Screenplay at the Jesuit Film and Video Award. As part of the prize. the former a romantic drama set against the world of high fashion. Williamson was awarded a full scholarship to study for a Master's in Televi© 2012 Summit Entertainment 13 .. Higgins. was the story of the great early 20th century ragtime pianist and composer whose music was popularized in the soundtrack for The Sting. he is an adjunct professor in screenwriting at Old Dominion University and a guest lecturer at his high school alma mater. Currently. Aside from his Patterson adaptations. Moss worked with director Rob Cohen to reboot the franchise to honor Patterson's overall vision and tailor the story to suit Morgan Freeman's successor. Moss has worked as a writer on all of the Alex Cross films: he was the production writer on Kiss The Girls and the sole credited writer on Along Came a Spider. Cohen also produced Thank God It's Friday. MARC MOSS (Screenwriter) was born in Norfolk. Cohen received the NAACP Image Award for Best Picture. and adapting for him Scott Turow's novel Personal Injuries). Hooperman. She earned her undergrad at the University of Ulster where she graduated with First Class Honors with a Bachelor's in Art & Design. as well as segments of thirtysomething. Douglas Wick). and has worked on multiple projects for Dustin Hoffman (production writing for Runaway Jury. Moss has written stories for numerous Academy Award® nominated producers (David Brown. Vanishing Son won two MANAA (Media Action Network for Asian Americans) Awards for positive portrayal of Asians in media. Cohen is an avid surfer and collector of first-edition books and has homes in Malibu. As part of her thesis. Moss has also published articles in the Wall Street Journal and The Virginia Pilot. and Bali. The film featured superstar diva Donna Summer and such young talents as Jeff Goldblum. On Alex Cross. Williamson wrote and directed the short film Exposed. the latter a screen adaptation of the smash Broadway hit musical. then the Minister for the Arts and Culture and currently President of Ireland. Debra Winger and Terri Nunn (later the lead singer of the group Berlin) at early stages of their careers. and after attending college at the University of Chicago received a MFA in screenwriting from Columbia University. A Year in the Life and Private Eye. one for the program itself and another for star Russell Wong. He also created.

Alex Cross hits theatres October 19. Williamson subsequently moved to the U. a publicly traded video company. Block has produced. and attended graduate school at Syracuse University where she studied Television-Radio-Film at the Newhouse School. based on the book Heist by Howard Sounes. Williamson has collaborated with some of the most reputable producers in the industry including Alex Kurtzman. Williamson is currently developing Sacred Games for AMC. Block supervised all divisions – international. Adler and Feldman. or distributed over 30 theatrical feature films. The Honeytrap. For Kurtzman/Orci Productions. Block was President of Artisan Entertainment. Grossman. Roberto Orci and Mark Gordon and award-winning directors Darren Aronofsky and Alexander Payne. Block led the LBO of Live Entertainment. Williamson is a member of the WGA. and worked as a teaching assistant in the film program. Her first spec script.S. He recruited the management team. Williamson's first job in Hollywood was as Executive Assistant to Andrew Davis (The Fugitive). Williamson worked on the rewrite of Time of Death for DreamWorks. She is repped by Gersh and attorney Michael Adler of Lichter. in 2011 QED also produced Elysium directed by Neill Blomkamp starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster. Steve Soderburgh. acquired. Williamson's other major projects in development include Fork In the Road for Fox Searchlight. In addition to writer. based on the acclaimed book by Vikram Chandra. and television syn© 2012 Summit Entertainment 14 . BILL BLOCK (Producer) founded QED International in December 2005 where he leads day-today operations and strategy for the company. based on the book by Denis Hamill for director Alexander Payne. helped secure new production financing.ALEX CROSS (2012) PRODUCTION NOTES sion-Radio-Film at Syracuse University. Previously. which became Artisan. a noir thriller set in Belfast. Christopher McQuarrie). In the television space. and has worked with a broad array of filmmakers (Peter Jackson. home entertainment. David Koepp. Gareth Evans (The Raid) is currently set to direct with XYZ Films Producing. In addition to producing Alex Cross. is in development for Producer Nick Osbourne and Director Michael Morris (Brothers & Sisters. At Artisan. Williamson wrote and developed Breaking the Bank. Jon Favreau. Darren Aronofsky. Nichols. based on the book by Patricia Cornwell with Angelina Jolie attached to star for Fox 2000 and Producer Mark Gordon. Along with Bain Capital. For Aronofsky. Between The Blair Witch Project and District 9. Williamson is also co-executive producer of the project along with Anna Garduno. Oliver Stone. financed. Michael Mann. Williamson's feature film writing credits include Alex Cross for Summit Entertainment based on the book by James Patterson. Williamson has emerged as one of the most sought after screenwriters in Hollywood with several high profile projects currently in development. She is also the writer of Scarpetta. Smash). and turned Artisan into a competitive force in the independent acquisition and distribution world.

preparing the company's financial forecast. With total worldwide book sales grossing over $3 billion. Stephen Hopkins. Charlie Sheen. Patterson's newest young readers series. At the 1999 Sundance Film Festival. is co-producing Alex Cross with QED International. and Forest Whitaker. Prior to QED. He has authored 17 Alex Cross books which have the top selling detective series for the last 25 years. Watchmen) and directed © 2012 Summit Entertainment 15 . His entertainment company. just last year. His awardwinning series for young readers. is currently in development with Avi Arad (Spider. Tom Clancy and Stephen King combined. JAMES PATTERSON (Producer. and executive produced the remake. In total. Samuel L.1. and The Hunting Party. a literary management and production company. The Buena Vista Social Club. is soon to be co-produced by JPE and Lloyd Levin (Green Zone. Film and television producers are excitedly developing James's properties for the big and little screens. His lifelong passion for books and reading led Patterson to launch a website. PAUL HANSON (Producer) is COO of QED International and oversees all aspects of the company. Steven Seagal. Among the projects that he produced or acquired include: The Blair Witch Project. James 19 Patterson Entertainment (JPE). Hanson began his career as an investment banker at Broadview International where he worked on technology and media M&A transactions totaling over $1 billion in value. Daniel X. Vanilla Sky. including the company's financing and production activities. starring Tom Cruise. Patterson is the best-selling author in the US.ALEX CROSS (2012) PRODUCTION NOTES dication to quantify and offset risk with Artisan's banking and distribution partners.Man. Iron Man) and Universal Pictures. and Herbert Ross. Block's clients included such artists as Kim Basinger. Block was one of the industry's leading talent agents. His awards include the 1977 Edgar Award for the best first mystery and. As Head of West Coast Operations for International Creative Management from 1992 to 1997 and founder of the Intertalent Agency. Witch and Wizard. and sub-licensed the remake rights to Paramount. The Ninth Gate and Hanson was CFO of Key Creatives. Roland Emmerich. which became one of the most profitable returns on investment in film history. Pi. to give adults an easy way to locate the very best books for kids. the 2010 Children' Choice Award as favorite kids' author. Peter Hyams. where his responsibilities included the company's M&A activity. the United Kingdom and Australia. Dan Brown. Maximum Ride. and filmmakers Sam Raimi. oversight of the greenlight process. The Limey. Requiem For A Dream. W. Hanson's credits include District 9. and providing strategic consulting and operational support to the company's various business units. Jackson. Novelist) is the best-selling author in the world today with 70 New York Times best-selling books. The next best-selling series over that period has been Patterson's 10-book Women's Murder Club series. ReadKiddoRead. sales and delivery infrastructure. his Maximum Ride. Before this. Hype. 47 of which have hit No. William Friedkin. George Armitage. The Lucky Ones. he acquired The Blair Witch Project. and Witch & Wizard series for younger readers have spent more than 200 weeks on national bestseller lists. and administration. Smart People. he has sold more than 240 million books and in 2010 Patterson sold more books in the United States than John Grisham. and he held several management roles with Artisan Entertainment. Belly. John Travolta. Block also bought the Spanish-language film Open Your Eyes.

and The Contract. 88 Minutes. After working on some of the agency's top worldwide accounts. while Bowen was off on a cross-country motorcycle trip. James Patterson called his old partner to ask if he'd be interested to help him market his books. Righteous Kill. Walter Thompson (JWT). Walter Thompson's fortunes in the United States. STEVE BOWEN (Producer) has had three careers: USMC officer. advertising executive and now entertainment. From there he headed to New York to attend The School of Visual Arts. Catherine Zeta. and Forest Whitaker. Getting It Sold). © 2012 Summit Entertainment 16 . After graduating from The College of The Holy Cross in 1965.ALEX CROSS (2012) PRODUCTION NOTES by Daniel Percival. Combining an innate financial sensibility with an equally natural eye for great filmmaking. Bruce Willis. James Patterson. Among his many public speaking engagements. and Vince Vaughn. Home of the Brave. Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson. In 2004. Bowen added the duties of president of James Patterson Entertainment. King of California. New World School of the Arts. Cheetah Vision Films. He also is Partner and Founder of Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson's production company. Rebecca Hall. James writes and lives in Florida with his family. After Bowen helped guide the unprecedented feat of publishing five new hardcover Patterson books in 2005. Released from active duty in 1969 as a Captain. Burger King. and Rosario Dawson. ultimately. which has three features in production or development and several television shows in development. and Freelancers. They created the "battle of the burgers" and formed a partnership that changed J. Emmett was raised in Miami and graduated from the respected performing arts high school. to work on the agency's largest account. Emmett's past films include Bad Lieutenant. Lay The Favorite with two-time Academy Award® nominated director Stephen Frears. Fire with Fire. Emmett's films have made more than one quarter of a billion dollars at the US box office as an independent filmmaker and many have been nominated for Independent Spirit Awards and Golden Globe Awards. He was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in and spent 13 months in Vietnam in I-Corps from Quang Ngai to the DMZ. Rambo. One of the entertainment industry's most prolific film producers. the JWT US company during their peak years. 16 Blocks. RANDALL EMMETT (Producer) has produced over 50 feature films.Jones. he was partnered with then copywriter. starring Bruce Willis. he joined the management trainee class at the then leading ad agency in the world. Emmett's films include End of Watch. he served as keynote speaker at his high school alma mater commencement ceremony in 2002 and as guest speaker at the Miami Film Festival and UCLA Extension (Indie Film Business: Getting It Made. written and directed by David Ayer. Steve applied and was accepted as a Marine Officer Candidate. J. a production company that has their own equity fund. starring Josh Duhamel. Patterson and Bowen went on to run the JWT headquarters office in NY and. Emmett is a partner and part-owner with George Furla of Emmett/Furla Films for the past decade. starring Robert De Niro.

which he also established. In 1988. Lope. After graduating from the University of Southern California with a degree in business administration. He was a producer on the television series The Nine as well as on New York episodes of the hit series Without A Trace. He has also shot music videos and commercials for products such as Coca-Cola. He recently produced a feature film. Mr. What's Wrong With Virginia and made her debut as a production designer with the independent movie All God's Children Can Dance. ABC (Director of Photography) makes his American movie debut as a director of photography on Alex Cross. It premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2011. ETHAN SMITH (Executive Producer) marks his fourth collaboration with QED International and producers Bill Block and Paul Hanson. Smith was previously executive producer on QED's Texas Killing Fields. Smith was co-producer on Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules. Frozen Ground. which premiered at the 2011Cannes film festival to high acclaim. which stars Sam Worthington. 16 Blocks. House of Sand and Olga. At Cantor Fitzgerald he served as an equity trader from 1982 to 1985. Mr. and Conan the Barbarian.ALEX CROSS (2012) PRODUCTION NOTES LEOPOLDO GOUT (Producer) is a film producer. Adrift. Furla and Mr. Emmett share responsibility in both concept development and arrangement of the financing of the films. Tomorrow Never More. Pepsi and Sony Ericsson. Wickerman. He is a producer with James Patterson Entertainment. Mr. The Past (for director Hector Babenco). Furla worked with Jones and Associates for 3 years in a similar capacity. Mr. General Motors. Furla's upcoming films include Fire With Fire. At Emmett/Furla Films Mr. He is the author of the novel Ghost Radio amongst other works. Emmett/Furla Films has produced a large number of films including Rambo. Days of Grace. LAURA FOX (Production Designer) has designed the movies 500 Days of Summer. Mr. Smith was co-producer of Oliver Stone's W starring Josh Brolin and Elizabeth Banks and produced by QED. He rose to fame in Brazil where his credits have included The Man of The Future. Hesher. Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Chloe Moretz. both of which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Wyclef Jean to the Black Eyed Peas. Gatorade. After his run with Cantor Fitzgerald. Furla ran the hedge fund for ten years after which he jointly formed a film production company with his partner. In 2010 she was the production designer for the television series Lone Star. Gout started by directing and producing dozens of music videos and commercials for artists such as Mos Def. GEORGE FURLA (Executive Producer) started his business career with Cantor Fitzgerald and Company. © 2012 Summit Entertainment 17 . Furla left Jones and Associates to run a hedge fund. based on the best-selling book series by Jeff Kinney. Furla utilizes his hedge fund approach to model out film financing scenarios. Freelancers and Broken City. Randall Emmett. Mistubishi. director and writer. Prior to that. Righteous Kill. Smith started his career in New York on independent films including Sherrybaby starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and The Ballad of Jack and Rose starring Daniel Day Lewis. RICARDO DELLA ROSA.

The Scarlet Letter. The Next Three Days. Since that decision. Things To Do in Denver When You're Dead. Roland Joffe and John Milius. She began her career assisting Tony Walton. winning the LA Weekly Award for best direction in a play. Her film credits include costume designer for the movies Warrior. Fox has been nominated for three MTV awards and never won. Inspector Gadget. Passengers. The Hudsucker Proxy. Noble also won the American Cinema Editors Eddie Award for Witness. Thelma & Louise. traveled. Runaway Jury. and received BAFTA Award nominations for Witness and Thelma & Louise. Fox worked in the local theater community. The Time Traveler's Wife and Flightplan for director Robert Schwentke. Body of Evidence. Bloodhounds of Broadway and Airborne. The Exorcist III. Red Dawn. Illinois. Fox has designed hundreds of music videos and commercials. Weir and Ridley Scott are just three of the famed film directors with which Noble has worked. His numerous credits as film editor include Red. The Express. Vertical Limit. THOM NOBLE (Editor) won the 1985 Academy Award® for Best Film Editing for Peter Weir's Witness and received a second nomination in 1991 for Ridley Scott's groundbreaking film. Tremors. The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz and Francois Truffaut's Fahrenheit 451. After graduation. Tony Richardson. Masked & Anonymous.which was Noble's first feature film credit as film editor. and dabbled in art and literature classes. The Mask of Zorro. The Proprietor. she returned home to Los Angeles. Fox has a beautiful daughter. Mosquito Coast. Scream 3.ALEX CROSS (2012) PRODUCTION NOTES Born in Chicago. Kiss the Girls. television and theatre. she has lived in Los Angeles since she was five. After graduating high school. Other films include. Imposter. The Coen Brothers. Her first college set design? Removing the engine and draining the gas from her brother's Karmann Ghia for a junkyard set. she took some time off. Poltergeist II: The Other Side. Bob Rafaelson. After successfully creating and mounting a show commissioned for a festival in Belgium. Dogma. only to realize theater was not a great way to earn a living. where she majored in theater with an emphasis on directing. Her wanderings lead her to UCLA. ABIGAIL MURRAY (Costume Designer) has designed for movies. Who Is Killing The Great Chefs of Europe. studying directing (the apple does not fall far from the tree). Production design came quite naturally. Truffaut . For Richer or Poorer. © 2012 Summit Entertainment 18 . The list also includes Otto Preminger. Pride & Glory. Dakota Rose who is also a theatre major.

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