Jolie looking to play Scarpetta.

Angelina Jolie is looking to bring Dr. Kay Scarpetta to a theater near you.

Variety is reporting that Fox 2000 has acquired the film rights to Patricia Cornwell’s bestselling coroner. According to the article, Jolie and producer Geyer Kosinski met with the author and convinced her that they shared her vision of the character. While Cornwell has written other characters, Kay Scarpetta is her most famous and is the one that made her a mystery legend.

The plan is to develop new stories, using Cornwell’s characters. It would hardly be the first time, that is the current plan, for CBS, with Robert Parker’s Jesse Stone. It seems almost certain that the intent is to develeop a franchise.