Actress hoists scalpel for Cornwell film
By MICHAEL FLEMING writing in Variety
The studio is acquiring screen rights to Cornwell's bestselling book series on medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta, to develop as a vehicle for 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 exec 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. 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."
Gordon brought the property to the actress and her manager, Kosinski, after he chased rights that Columbia Pictures let lapse. Col had made a multimillion-dollar deal for Scarpetta rights in 1992, but gave up after several attempts to develop a pic.