A few days ago it was announced that Idris Elba [who was brilliant in The Wire, and the eponymous lead in the recent, not-so-good television show Luther] will play James Patterson’s detective Alex Cross in an adaptation of his 2006 novel Cross. The role was previously filled by Morgan Freeman in 1997’s Kiss The Girls and 2001’s Along Came A Spider [that it’s been over 13 years since the former makes me feel really old!]. David Twohy [Pitch Black, The Chronicles of Riddick] will direct Cross and production is expected to start in Spring 2011. However, this is just the most recent in a spate of literary detectives making the leap from the page to the screen, both small and large, over the last few months.
On the television side I recently mentioned in my review of From the Dead that Mark Billingham’s Tom Thorne will be coming to Sky in the autumn of this year. David Morrisey will play the lead role [although he is floppier-haired and more attractive than the Thorne conjured up in my mind by the novels]. The six-episode series will be based on Billingham’s first two novels, Sleepyhead  and Scaredy Cat .
And at the end of April, ITV and Left Bank Pictures announced the start of filming for the two-episode drama, DCI Banks: Aftermath. Based on Peter Robinson’s 2002 novel of the same name [the early 2000’s seem to be a fertile period], Stephen Tomkinson will take the role of DCI Alan Banks. Whilst Tompkinson certainly isn’t the actor that springs to mind when I think about the maverick Banks, the fact that Left Bank produced the Kenneth Brahagh led series of Wallander does make me quite hopeful about this two-part show.
And finally. In the US, TNT has been showing Rizzoli & Isles, based upon Tess Gerritsen’s novels. I haven’t really heard much about it, or whether it will even make the move across the Atlantic, but if anyone has seen it then I’d be really interested to hear your thoughts about it.