Zac Efron to Lead & Produce Adaptation of Grisham's 'The Associate'
An adaptation of John Grisham's 2009 legal thriller The Associate has been in the works since before the book was even published. Back in 2008, Shia LaBeouf was attached to lead the project with The Departed scribed William Monahan slated to script and the late director Tony Scott once flirting with getting behind the camera. Now it appears development has started all over with Divergent producers Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher throwing their weight behind the film, not to mention Zac Efron producing through his Ninjas Runnin' Wild banner (fresh off That Awkward Moment) and also stepping up for the vacant lead.
For those who haven't read the book, it follows a student (Efron) who's about to graduate from Yale Law School when he's manipulated into accepting a job at a prestigious law firm and given privileged information about a multibillion-dollar lawsuit. THR says a writer still needs to be found though, so it appears Monahan's version of the script has been thrown out (or maybe it was never completed?). Once they get someone to script the project, that's when Efron and the other two producers will take a package for studios to pick up. It would be another smart career move for Efron as he becomes a solid young actor.