Fox 2000 has acquired the rights to mystery writer Patricia Cornwell's bestselling series about medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta — with Angelina Jolie eyeing the lead role in the film adaptation. Here's more:
There are 16 Scarpetta novels, meaning a franchise is hoped for, but this film won't be tied to a specific Cornwell mystery title. Much the way that Jason Bourne morphed into an action hero in plots not rigidly locked into the Robert Ludlum book series, the opera-loving coroner Scarpetta will be the lead in a suspense thriller in the vein of The Silence of the Lambs and Seven.
Variety goes on to call this a "mega-marriage" since Angelina Jolie is "one of the most bankable female movie stars, and Cornwell one of the biggest selling female authors in the world." Jolie has played a tomb raider, an assassin, and soon a spy — why not add medical examiner to the list? One thing's for certain: she never gets the wimpy roles.
Do you read Patricia Cornwell's novels? Do you think this sounds like a cool combination of creative forces?