Fox 2000 Pictures purchased the rights to the Kay Scarpetta novels in 2009, and an "Untitled Kay Scarpetta Project" is listed as in development on IMDb, as of September 2015. Kay Scarpetta is a fictional crime-solving medical examiner character created by the crime thriller novelist Patricia Cornwell.
No other details about the project are available on the "Untitled Kay Scarpetta Project" IMDb page, as of September 2015. In July 2015, EmpireOnline.com and Deadline.com reported that Liz Friedman, a writer and producer for "Orange is the New Black," was chosen to write a screenplay for the film. The two entertainment news sites also announced that Melissa Rosenberg, Mark Gordon and Geyer Kosinski have been hired to produce the project.