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After meeting with best-selling author Patricia Cornwell, Angelina Jolie has agreed to star in an adaptation of Cornwell’s books whose main character is the opera loving medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta. Fox 2000 is acquiring the screen rights to Cornwell’s series of novels that center on Scarpetta.
Cornwell has written 16 Scarpetta novels, which gives the film the opportunity to turn into a franchise, but the first film will not be based on one specific Cornwell title.
Once Jolie confirmed that she was interested in the series, her agency, ICM, and Fox 2000 representatives negotiated for months to come up with a plan acceptable to Cornwell, who was extremely protective of her literary property. Eventually, Jolie and her manager met with Cornwell and agreed to a shared creative direction for the feature film.
The latest Cornwell novel, titled simply Scarpetta, was released in December 2008 by Putnam.
Jolie is currently starring in the movie Salt, directed by Phillip Noyce for Columbia. She is also set to once again lend her voice to the Tigress character in a sequel to Kung Fu Panda, and is considering a yet-to-be-written script for a sequel to the movie Wanted.