In a story from The Hollywood Reporter, screenwriter Kerry Williamson is going to adapt a feature screenplay that features medical examiner Kay Scarpetta. This character is the star of the best-selling mystery series written by Patricia Cornwell.

Fox 2000 grabbed the rights to the books in April. Angelina Jolie is attached to star.

There is talk that the Scarpetta movie might be the launch of another franchise for Jolie as there are 17 Scarpetta novels. Putnam Publishing released Cornwell's most recent effort, "The Scarpetta Factor," this past October.

The screenplay is said to draw from the world and characters that Cornwell has created but will not be derived from any novel's specific plot.

Evan Jacobs