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.