James Patterson is such a prolific author -- according to TODAY's Al Roker, 1 of every 17 novels sold in the US are written or co-written by him -- that it's amazing that he had the time to visit TODAY Thursday. But he came by to talk about "Alex Cross," the new movie based on one of his most-beloved characters, and had terrific things to say about star Tyler Perry.
"Tyler is closer to the character in the book," Patterson told Roker. "He's more physical, and can have a family -- that's the big shift here. The family was really integral to the story, and we really couldn't have it in (previous "Alex Cross" films) 'Kiss the Girls' and 'Along Came a Spider.'"
So might this be just the first in a continuing series of Perry-as-Cross films? Patterson is clearly up for it.
"That's up to Tyler," said the author. "If he wants to do 'em we'll do them. I'd love to do them with him. He keeps getting better and better. When I went to Atlanta to meet him, he said, 'James, I would not attempt this if I wasn't sure I could do it,' and he killed it. He killed it."