Oscar-nominated screenwriter Phyllis Nagy has signed on to adapt Patricia Cornwell's untitled Kay Scarpetta film for Fox 2000.
Nagy, who was nominated for an Academy Award earlier this year for penning Carol's adapted screenplay, gives new life to the property that once had Angelina Jolie circling as the forensics master.
Scarpetta first appeared in Cornwell's 1990 novel Postmortem. In total, the character has appeared in two dozen best-selling books, most recently this year's Chaos. Fox 2000 has the rights to the entire series.
The studio has been hoping to get the franchise with the strong female protagonist off the ground for some time and has been looking for the right writer to tackle the project. Mark Gordon (Fox's upcoming Murder on the Orient Express) is producing. Nagy is seen as a prestige writer adept at creating memorable female leads, as was the case with Carol's two stars, played by Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. Carol also was an adaptation, based on Patricia Highsmith's The Price of Salt.
Nagy, who also penned HBO's Mrs. Harris, is repped by UTA and Casarotto Ramsay & Associates.