A modestly budgeted, female driven, adult-targeted potential franchise launching serial killer thriller feature. It’s something that Hollywood hasn’t really done much of since the late 1990s, back in the days when the two A.J.’s (Ashley Judd & Angeline Jolie) had book adaptations like “Kiss the Girls” and “The Bone Collector” tailored for them into solid little films.
One adaptation of a crime thriller novel series long in the works has been that of the Kay Scarpetta character from acclaimed author Patricia Cornwell. Fox 2000 acquired the film rights to the sixteen books (at the time) featuring the opera-loving workaholic coroner in 2009.
The plan was to craft an original forensic science-centric story based on the character rather than a direct adaptation of one specific novel such as “The Body Farm” or “From Potter’s Field”. It was also being shaped as a vehicle for Jolie, and would’ve kept the dark and grizzly tone of the books.
Now, “Twilight” series scribe Melissa Rosenberg and “Elementary” co-executive producer Liz Friedman, both of whom are serving as producers on Netflix and Marvel’s upcoming “Jessica Jones” series, have come onboard the project. Friedman will pen the script while Rosenberg will serve as producer along with Mark Gordon and Geyer Kosinski.
This will be the first feature deal for Friedman, who also co-wrote the pilot to Netflix’s “Orange Is The New Black” and was a long-serving writer/producer on “House M.D.”.