Zac Efron john grisham

Tom Cruise, Denzel Washington, Matthew McConaughey and Matt Damon have all played leading roles in adaptations of John Grisham novels. Now a new name will be added to the list: Zac Efron. The Neighbors and High School Musical star will produce and star in The Associate, based on the 2009 legal thriller by the novelist. His production company, Ninjas Runnin Wild, is currently out to writers and will then bring the package to studios. After that, a Zac Efron John Grisham movie should be an easy sell. Read More »

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For about ten years from the mid-’90s to the mid-’00s, author John Grisham was a ubiquitous presence in Hollywood. 1993 saw the releases of The Firm and The Client, both based on bestselling Grisham books, and adaptations like A Time to Kill, The Rainmaker, and Runaway Jury soon followed. In recent years, however, his popularity has waned. Aside from the new NBC series The Firm, which debuted in January, it’s been about eight years since we’ve seen any of Grisham’s novels come to life.

But legal thrillers have never completely gone out of fashion, and Grisham could be heading back to the big screen again soon with the help of Mark Wahlberg. The Fighter star is in early talks for The Partner, based on Grisham’s book of the same title. More details after the jump.

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Battlestar Galactica star Tricia Helfer has signed up for NBC’s The Firm, based on the bestselling John Grisham novel of the same title. (The book was also turned into a 1993 film starring Tom Cruise.) Helfer will be playing Alex Clark, a senior partner at the central law firm of Kinross & Clark. The project reuintes her with fellow Cylon Callum Keith Rennie.

The story revolves around an attorney named Mitch McDeere (Josh Lucas) and his wife Abby (Molly Parker), who are trying to make a new life for themselves in D.C. When Mitch gets brought in as a partner at Kinross & Clark, he slowly comes to realize that the firm isn’t exactly what it seems. Juliette Lewis co-stars as Mitch’s receptionist, and Rennie as Mitch’s older brother.

Helfer’s demonstrated some impressive acting chops during her time at BSG, and the role of a tough, morally iffy lawyer seems like a perfect fit for a woman made famous by her role as a tough, morally iffy Cylon. I look forward to many shots of Lucas looking simultaneously entranced and terrified. [TV Line]

After the jump, Bryan Cranston gets cast in something. Plus: Ryan Reynolds teams up with Tyler Labine, and Showtime greenlights a trio of pilots.

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the associate writer

The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Tony Scott, according to their sources, is “just a step away from” directing the big screen adaption of John Grisham‘s bestselling legal thriller The Associate. You might recall that Shia LaBeouf is attached to star, Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Transformers, GI Joe) is producing, and The Departed screenwriter William Monahan penned the script.

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the associate writer

Paramount has hired The Departed screenwriter William Monahan to write an adaption of John Grisham‘s bestselling legal thriller The Associate. Shia LaBeouf is attached to star and Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Transformers, GI Joe) is producing. So what’s it about? Read the official plot description after the jump.

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Shia LaBeouf is John Grisham’s The Associate

Shia LaBeouf has signed on to star in Paramount’s big screen adaptation of John Grisham‘s legal thriller The Associate. Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Transformers, GI Joe) is producing. So what’s it about? Here is the official plot description:

“It’s a deadly game of blackmail. And they’re making him play. Kyle McAvoy is one of the outstanding legal students of his generation: he’s good looking, has a brilliant mind and a glittering future ahead of him. But he has a secret from his past, a secret that threatens to destroy his fledgling career and, possibly, his entire life.

One night that secret catches up with him in the form of some bad men in a dark alley — they have a deeply compromising video of the incident that haunts him. The men make it clear to Kyle that he no longer owns his own future — that he must do as they tell him, or the video will be made public knowledge, with all the unpleasant consequences. What price do they demand for Kyle’s secret? Strangely, it is for Kyle to do exactly what any ambitious young lawyer would want to do: take a job in New York as an associate at the largest law firm in the world, a job that is incredibly well paid and, with mammoth hours and outrageous billing, could lead to partnership and a fortune.

But Kyle won’t be working for the company, but against it — passing on the secrets of the company’s biggest trial to date, a dispute between two defense contractors worth billions of dollars to the victor. Now Kyle is caught between the criminal forces manipulating him and the FBI, who would love to unmask the conspiracy. Will his intellect, cunning and bravery be enough to extricate him from an impossible dilemma? Full of twists and turns and reminiscent of The Firm, The Associate is vintage John Grisham.”

Previous Grisham novels to be adapted to the big screen include: The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Client, A Time to Kill, The Chamber, The Rainmaker, The Runaway Jury and Skipping Christmas (Christmas with the Kranks). The Associate sound like typical Grisham, complete with the normal Grisham title. Strangely, the international cover of the book (seen below in blue) actually looks like a scene from LaBeouf’s Eagle Eye.

The book is set to be released on January 27th 2009, and the 384-page hardcover is available for preorder on Amazon for $18.45.

source: Variety

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