In a deal that could turn out to be larger than it sounds, Angelina Jolie will star in a new movie as Dr. Kay Scarpetta, the medical-examiner heroine of the blockbuster novel series by Patricia Cornwell.
The series includes 16 books in all, but rather than focus on any
single story, the first movie will combine elements from several titles
into a single feature. If it’s a hit, the series could become a
major-wattage film franchise that Variety compares to the Jason Bourne
movies. The project has been in development since the early ’90s, when
the series launched, but no movie had ever came together.
Jolie will next star in the espionage thriller Salt. She’s
managed a fairly diverse career, but she isn't new to the literary
murder-mystery archetype—she starred in the thrillers Taking
Lives and The Bone Collector, both also based on novels.
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