Morgan Freeman did it with James Patterson’s Alex Cross novels, now Angelina Jolie is giving it a go as Patricia Cornwell’s Dr. Kay Scarpetta.
Fox 2000 has acquired screen rights to author Cornwell’s best-selling murder thriller novel series featuring medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta reports Variety.
The novels deal with a large amount of forensic science and were said to be a big influence on the development of recent television procedurals such as the “CSI” franchise.
The aim is to turn the property into a franchise with Jolie in the lead. The opera-loving workaholic coroner has appeared in sixteen novels starting with 1990’s “Post Mortem”.
This film won’t be a direct adaptation of any of the books though such as “The Body Farm” and “From Potter’s Field”, yet like the books it will be decidedly grizzly in a “Se7en”/”Silence of the Lambs” style vein.
Mark Gordon and Geyer Kosinski will produce. The pair and Jolie are meeting with writers and will set one shortly.