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Comet Pictures & Blumhouse by Jamie Lee Curtis adapting Patricia Cornwell’s “Kay Scarpetta” novels for television – Deadline

that of Patricia Cornwell Kay scarpetta the series of novels is heading for television.

Comet Pictures by Jamie Lee Curtis and Blumhouse Televison have secured the rights to the books and are developing them as an hour-long drama series centered on the eponymous forensic scientist.

Halloween star Curtis, who has a global deal with Blumhouse, is a big fan and friend of the best-selling author, who has sold over 100 million books. She regularly hosts conversations with Cornwell, famous for protecting her creation, and calls her a “bona fide literary pioneer”.

the Kay scarpetta series includes 25 books starting with Autopsy in 1990 and the next Autopsy.

This is the latest development in a long way to go for Scarpetta, who ten years ago saw Angelina Jolie tied up to play her in a feature film, from Fox 2000, which never saw the light of day. . Likewise, in 1992, Columbia Pictures chose Cruel and Unusual, the fourth book in the series to make a film with Demi Moore in the lead role.

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There have also been other attempts to get a Cornwell-created television show off the ground; in 2018, NBC paired the author, Spider Man producer Matt Tolmach and SWAT writer Samantha Humphrey to develop Red Stick, based on an original character, while CBS and ABC also developed projects with Cornwell in 2014 and 2013 respectively.

Scarpetta is a brilliant, handsome fictional forensic scientist who is the protagonist of the popular detective story series. Inspired by former Virginia Chief Medical Examiner Marcella Farinelli Fierro, she uses forensic technology to solve crimes. The character is of Italian descent and through the novels is based in Florida, Virginia and Charleston, South Carolina.

Blumhouse Television is currently in the process of identifying a showrunner and a cast.

Patricia Cornwell, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jason Blum, Chris McCumber and Jeremy Gold will be the executive producers.

“I have had the honor and pleasure of knowing Jamie for several years and I respect her tremendously as an exceptional artist and human being. Blumhouse is a creative force of nature, and I have no doubts that Scarpetta is going to come to the screen in a fantastic way, ”said Patricia Cornwell. “To say I’m thrilled is an understatement, and I have no doubt my readers will feel the same. “

“Patricia Cornwell is a true literary pioneer, and working with her to bring her beloved character Kay Scarpetta to life through the power of television and introduce her to a whole new audience is exciting,” said executive producer Jamie Lee Curtis. . “The confluence of Blumhouse and Comet bringing to life a dark, fun, layered world of work and family life, led by the smart and sexy indomitable Kay Scarpetta, is going to be an exciting race.”

“We are very honored to partner with one of history’s most celebrated authors, Patricia Cornwell,” said Chris McCumber, President of Blumhouse Television. “Kay Scarpetta has been a long sought after character and we are excited to finally bring her to life on television. We’re also grateful to Jamie Lee Curtis for connecting the Blumhouse team to Patricia, and to Patricia for trusting us with her iconic creation.

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