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Angelina Jolie Will Wield Kay Scarpetta's Scalpel

22 April 2009 11:15 AM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

It's a strange thing to live in a world where Dan Brown became a franchise before Patricia Cornwell. The rights to the Dr. Kay Scarpetta series have been languishing at Columbia (the very home of Robert Langdon) since 1992, but now the series has been dusted off, sold to Fox 2000, and assigned to Angelina Jolie.

According to Variety, Fox has won rights to all 16 of the Scarpetta books, and is eying it as a potential franchise along the lines of the Jason Bourne films. They're developing the first thriller now, which won't be tied to any one book, but will probably cherry-pick out of all Scarpetta's gruesome cases. The plan has met with approval from Cornwell, who discussed the idea personally with Jolie and her manager, Geyer Kosinski before handing over the rights.

I'm not an avid reader of Cornwell's books, but Jolie seems like a good fit for the sophisticated Scarpetta. »

- Elisabeth Rappe

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