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Angelina Jolie Will Be Scarpetta in Mystery Series Adaptation

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January 14, 2010

Angelina Jolie

The crime thriller will never die. It seems to still be an unstoppable subgenre with madlib fill-in-the-blank elements from at-odds detective partners to crooked cops, as well as socipathic serial killers to rapists. The combination of possibilities of these elements seem to be endless, and now we can add another crime thriller to the mix as THR's Risky Biz reports Angelina Jolie will take on the role of medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta, the main character of a still running 17-novel mystery series from author Patricia Cornwell. The medical examiner often finds herself caught up in mind-boggling and even dangerous criminal mysteries.

Writer Kerry Williamson will adapt the story from the entire world and cast of characters in Cornwell's series rather than just one individual title. The hope is to launch a potential franchise with so much source material at filmmaker's fingertips. No word on who will direct the Scarpetta film, but we've got some time to kill since Williamson has only just been hired to write the script. Why don't we just give Jolie a guest spot on "CSI: Miami," let her spout a few one-liners while taking off some sunglasses, and call it a day?

In all seriousness though, these crime mysteries do have the potential to be suspenseful and fun, especially if viewers are kept out of the loop and left to uncover the mystery with our protagonist. Personally, I have a jaded attitude when it comes to crime thrillers because there's so many of them in movies and on TV (how many "Law & Order" or "CSI" shows do we need?). And I'm always intrigued as to just how crime scene investigators and medical examiners are the ones who find themselves in the most heated action, and not the on-duty police officers or detectives themselves. But if anyone can carry a series like this, it's Jolie.

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  • Richard O'Neill
    Amazing. You have a picture of the author's name at the top of your article and then still manage to miss-spell it all the way through.
  • @ #1, Amazing. You fall right into the category of the stereotypical Internet user. http://www.shoeboxblog.com/?p=14066 Thanks for kindly, not arrogantly or sarcastically, pointing it out!
  • Debbie G
    I have always been a big fan of Patricia Cornwell's books, especially those with Kay Scarpetta. However, I dislike Angelina Jolie as an actress and find that I cannot sit through a movie starring her. I was so disappointed to find out that she received the role of Kay Scarpetta--I envisioned someone like Charlie Therizon in the role. I guess I'll just have to continue reading the books and boycott the movie!
  • Fielding Melish
    I liked this movie when it was called Bones and was on Fox every week for free. Oh wait...it still is on and it is good. This sounds like CSI+Bones+Angelina Jolie=$14 I won't be spending when and if this comes out.
  • @ #4, Fielding Melish, I find Bones to be ham-handed and very silly while trying to be serious. I just can't get into a suspenseful or dramatic plot when there's nonsense afoot. That's why, when I need a show with comedy and some plot (that doesn't take itself too seriously) then I'll watch Chuck on NBC. Otherwise if I want a real leading lady behind a strong female character then I'll watch Damages because Bones is like Diet House M.D. without the talent behind or in front of the camera. I don't agree with what you say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it. Regards,
  • Angelique
    I adore Angelina Jolie and admire her as not only an actress, but us a genuinely caring and selfless human being. I am anxiously awaiting the release of her upcoming films "Salt" and "the Tourist" and am curious to see if the rumors are true that she will star with Johnny as Angelique in Tim Burton's long-awaited Dark Shadows remake.
  • lurkeyloo
    I wouldn't see a movie with Angelina Jolie in it even if it were free...she is awful.

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