If you’ve seen ads for “Alex Cross” and the name sounds familiar, that’s probably because the action thriller is based on a series of best-selling books by James Patterson. And the character, a detective specializing in forensic psychology, has previously appeared on screen in the adaptations of books one and two, “Along Came a Spider” and “Kiss the Girls.” In those movies he was portrayed by Morgan Freeman. Now the franchise gets a reboot with a jump ahead to the twelfth Alex Cross novel, “Cross,” and a new actor in the role, Tyler Perry.
Restarted series based on literary characters and their novels are hardly new. James Bond is the perfect example of how such figures can even extend their screen life beyond their written existence. But many other characters from book franchise didn’t initially click with moviegoers, or they haven’t been around for a while. So, here is a list of 15 of these literary properties we think should follow “Alex Cross” (and future reboots for “The Invisible Man” and “Jack Ryan,” among others) in returning to cinemas.