Variety reports that Fox 2000 is acquiring screen rights to author Patricia Cornwell’s best-selling book series on medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta, to develop as a vehicle for Angelina Jolie.
Mark Gordon will produce with Media Talent Group’s Geyer Kosinski. The studio, producers and Jolie are meeting with writers and will set one shortly. Bryan Zuriff will serve as executive producer.
There are 16 Scarpetta novels, meaning a franchise is hoped for, but this film won’t be tied to a specific Cornwell mystery title, adds the trade. The opera-loving coroner Scarpetta will be the lead in a suspense thriller in the vein of The Silence of the Lambs and Seven.