James Patterson is one of the most successful authors of the modern era, with his many books selling upwards of 300 million copies. A number of those books have also been turned into movies, and his latest adaptation hopes to be one of his best yet.
The Postcard Killings is an upcoming thriller based on the novel The Postcard Killers by Patterson and Swedish author Liza Marklund. It tells the story of a New York detective (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) who seeks to track down an international serial killer after his daughter and her husband are murdered while on their honeymoon in London. The killer is notorious for sending a postcard to a journalist in whichever city he plans on killing in next, so the detective teams with a journalist (Cush Jumbo) who received such a letter in the hopes of catching the pen-happy murderer. You can check out the first trailer below.
The film looks pretty intense, but how does it compare to past Patterson movie adaptations? It certainly doesn’t look like it will compete on the same level as the hits Along Came a Spider or Kiss the Girls, both of which featured Morgan Freeman as the character Alex Cross. But if the movie plays its cards right, it could prove to be more memorable than the 2012 box office bomb Alex Cross, a reboot in which Tyler Perry took over the lead role from Freeman’s iconic portrayal. The Postcard Killings is also the first thriller movie to be based on Patterson’s work since Alex Cross eight years ago, so that alone may be enough to satisfy some fans of the author.
The Postcard Killings will be released both in theaters and digitally on March 13.