John Grisham's The Partner Headed For the Big Screen
by Alex Billington
September 30, 2008
Screenwriter Ann Peacock (of The Chronicles of Narnia, Kit Kittredge: An American Girl, and Nights in Rodanthe previously) has been tapped to adapt the 1997 John Grisham novel The Partner. Oscar winning producer Bobby Chartoff will produce the project along with Lynn Hendee of Chartoff Prods. and Grant Turck and Mark Bethea for newcomer Velocity Management. The book centers on a disillusioned lawyer who steals $90 million from his law firm, stages his own death and successfully disappears for several years. What at first seems to be a brilliant white-collar crime is further complicated by a murder charge. As long as this picks up a very capable director and an exciting cast, this should be a film to keep our eye on in the next year. There can never be enough Grisham!
Even though I'm not specifically familiar with the book, I think the story alone has me interested. I love these kind of mysteries and crime capers that involve intricate plots and heists. Reviews on Amazon saying the following about the book. "I thoroughly enjoyed the intricacies and twists in Patrick Lanigan's master plot to rip off his crooked law firm of enough money to be set for life. As someone who had gotten tired of Grisham's plot technique of using a super-powerful all-knowing company or firm who could track our hero to the ends of the earth and ruin in his life, this was a refreshing change." Peacock seems like a good enough screenwriter as well. We'll let you know who they end up getting for the director and the cast.
Reader Feedback - 18 Comments
I read this years ago. Entertaining and it has a surprising ending, which I hope is retained.
Film-Book dot Com on Sep 30, 2008
You mean it might be good if they get a very capable director and an exciting cast. Alex your a genious, why the hell does no one reiterate the fucking obvious like you do.Seriously, pick a side and run with it, its not gonna kill you. Oh wow, a suprise ending. Yea thats what I'm talking about. I mean no one does suprise endings in films anymore. Seriously the suprise ending hasn't become a massive cliche. I am really down for suprise ending, yay. Sorry #1 just had to go there.
what ever on Sep 30, 2008
THe book is outstanding. My favorite Grisham book by far. If they get good director and cast it'll be the best Grisham movie too
Travis on Sep 30, 2008
Awesome! I just hope the book doesn't get too butchered in it's big screen translation! And I certainly hope that Fox steers clear from releasing it! I was wondering how long 'til we'd see another John Grisham adaptation hit the big screen! I can't wait!
Spider on Sep 30, 2008
I read this book. It's one of Grisham's better reads. While i was reading it, I always saw Kevin Spacey in my mind's eye.
CMK on Oct 2, 2008
I don't think I've ever commented on this site before but I had to for this article. I've read at least 12 John Grisham novels and this is by far my favorite. First read was over 10 years ago and since then I've re-read it twice. I'm curious to see how this plays as a movie because there is a lot of inner dialogue. Highly, Highly recommend the book to hold you over until the movie comes out.
Jeremy on Oct 2, 2008
I have been waiting for this one. MY favorite one by far. The first page grabs you and then its five in the morning and you're still turning pages. I wish Robert Downey, Jr. for the lead, but we'll see.
Mike Seal on Feb 1, 2009
actually the story or the book of the partner i'm still reading makes a difference for me not only a difference but a great difference!!!!! wonderful !!!! great!!
patrice on Feb 3, 2009
Not only the book is great, but the sheer idea of getting disappeared, leaving everything behind, is very exciting. The advantage of the book is that even when it ends it compels us to think about it, as to what really happened to Lanigan, did he ever found his love back, and why did Eva leave him. The book had been a marvellous experience for me.
Diya Mukherjee on Apr 23, 2009
Well, I haven't read any books for quite a while now but when I eventually had free time, I was encouraged to read the book sometime last week and thought..oh well what the heck! but it is so true...the book is damn CAPTIVATING!!! especially the ending! I was reading and thinking "this is soo good to be true" admiring Patrick's great mind and luck to say the least until I got to the ending....WOW! Can't stop thinking what the hell happened to Eva??? the bucks? Lanigan? love? the suspense is but the least to say...absolutely awesome!!!
Shiro on Jun 16, 2009
Just read this for the first time, as I begin to take on most of Grisham's books. I've only so far read this, The Firm, and The Street Lawyer, with this one being the best by a mile. If only Tim Robbins was about 10 years younger, he could definitely pull off the Lanigan character.
Mike on Jul 2, 2009
I agree with Mike. I read this book and feel in love with it about ten years ago, and am excited to learn that it could go to film. If Tim Robbins were ten years younger he would be excellent for the part. It has to be a credible artist that would be able pull off this character. I love the idea of it!
jabre wakefield on Oct 30, 2009
when I read the book ten years ago i was hoping it could find its way to the big screen just like some of Grisham's books. I agree with you guys, i think it was the best Grisham book , then, and ten years after, its still is. A year after the article was published, who'll play Pat Lanigan?
eduardo on Dec 3, 2009
I reckon Jack Stephano planted a bug when he returned to visit Sandy, found out about Eva's plans to meet Lanigan and intercepted her on the way. She's dead and the bad guy got the money after all.
Campervan Chick on Feb 11, 2011
Hey where can I watch this film online?
nando on Jun 17, 2011
who is the actor who did par lanigan
Sahar Amer on Jan 7, 2012
I would like to see a sequel to the first book where Patrick gets his revenge!
Carolyn on Feb 28, 2012
Read this book some years ago and have read it again since one of those you cannot put down. Have to say of all the books it is the best and I would love to see it on the big screen but have always thought because of the plot it would be passed over maybe someone could please let me know if and when it does. Andy
Andy on Dec 3, 2012
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