According to Variety, Paramount Pictures has tapped scribe Ben Ramsey to pen an adaptation of the James Patterson bestseller "Roses Are Red," featuring homicide detective Alex Cross.

"Roses" has been in development for several years at Par with producers David Brown and Joe Wizan along with Morgan Freeman's Revelations Entertainment. Plot centers on Cross hunting the Mastermind, the brains behind a series of bank robberies in which employees or family members are held hostage.