Tony Scott Could Take on John Grisham with 'The Associate'
I always hate sketchy news where someone is "a step away from taking the director's job" but not actually signed for it yet, but it's speculative stuff that all of you guys like to hear, so why not. 24 Frames says that action director Tony Scott (most recently of The Taking of Pelham 123 & Unstoppable) is indeed "a step away" from directing Paramount's adaptation of John Grisham's The Associate, which is a "conspiracy thriller about a young lawyer blackmailed into taking a job at a high-profile firm to pass along secrets to a shady defense contractor." Last year it was announced that The Departed's William Monahan was adapting.
This project has been bouncing around for the studio for a while, but according to 24 Frames, the original crew is still attached - William Monahan on the script, Shia LaBeouf starring, Lorenzo Di Bonaventura producing. They don't add much else except to say that Tony Scott hasn't really had a hit over $100 million domestically since Enemy of the State in 1998 and that maybe Paramount will cut back on the budget if they decided to hire a higher profile director like Tony Scott in the end. I'm not the biggest Grisham fan, but I'd like to see Tony Scott actually make another great film again, so if this is the key, then go for it. Thoughts?