An Angelina Jolie franchise is born

Matt Damon

can keep his Bourne identity. It’s Angie’s turn now.

Angelina Jolie Patricia Cornwell

’s bestselling crime series. It took months of negotiations and a meeting between Jolie and Cornwell to seal the deal.

Variety reports that the film will not be a direct adaptation of any one particular book in the so-far 16-book series, but will place Scarpetta in a suspense that borrows themes from many of them.

In the series, the blonde Scarpetta starts out as the chief medical examiner for Virginia, and later moves along the East Coast as private forensic consultant, murder and mayhem never far away.

Fox 2000 is developing the film. Jolie and the movie’s producers are expected to begin meeting with prospective writers soon.

(Wonder if she’ll dye her hair?)

| Lisa Gutierrez, The Star