Angelina Jolie is considered to be the most bankable female movie star in the world currently thanks to recent films like Wanted, Kung Fu Panda, and Mr. & Mrs. Smith. Of course, those three and the two Tomb Raider films are the only bonafide hits out of her last eighteen movies (back to 2000). What that says about the state of female movie stars and their bankability I don’t know. Jolie already has a past franchise (Tomb Raider) and a current one (Wanted) in her filmography, but according to Variety she’s about to add one with even greater potential.
Jolie is joining with Fox2000 and author Patricia Cornwell to turn the bestselling Kay Scarpetta novels into a series of films. There are currently sixteen books in the series which follows Scarpetta, a medical examiner in Virginia, as she solves crimes using her vast forensic knowledge. The Variety piece seems to imply the first film won’t be based on a single book though. That seems like an idiotic move to me when you have a built in audience for the series… why start with an original story not even written by Cornwell?
Have you read any of Cornwell’s books? Do you see Jolie as Scarpetta?
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