Peter Guber’s Sony-based company has exhumed the rights to Patricia Cornwell’s upcoming medical examiner thriller “From Potters Field” for a multimillion dollar sum, sources said.
The deal partners bestselling author Cornwell with Guber in plans to bring her series of books about Virginia chief medical examiner Kay Scarpetta to the screen. But sources said that deal depends largely upon the theatrical performance of “From Potters Field,” which is due in bookstores in August.
Cornwell will produce the pic through her Bell Visions Prods., but another hands-on producer likely will be added. Cornwell also will script.
Guber beat out numerous bidders including Fox and Paramount for the rights to the books, which have drawn boffo studio interest since the first was published in 1990.
Cornwell said Guber seemed the most writer-friendly of the bunch.
“I wanted to make sure this was going to be a long-term arrangement that was both livable and wouldn’t ruin something that I spent a long time creating,” she said. “In the end, Peter Guber seemed the friendliest home-front to writers. He seemed to understand that I needed to participate in this process, that I wasnt just going to sell Scarpetta and go home.”
The story is about the hunt for a serial killer starting in Virginia that leads to the depths of the New York City subway system. Scarpetta teams with the FBI to find the villain.