Mark Wahlberg Will Produce and Star in John Grisham's 'The Partner'

April 10, 2012
Source: Variety

The Partner / Mark Wahlberg

The actor just gained a couple of impressive co-stars with Denzel Washington and Paula Patton joining him in the adaptation of 2 Guns, and now Mark Wahlberg has lined up yet another project for his future slate. Variety has word that Wahlberg is in early talks to produce and star in an adaptation of John Grisham's novel The Partner. As expected, the film is a legal thriller following a young partner in a prominent law firm who fakes his own death to steal a fortune from his company before starting a new life in Brazil.. John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side) was once set to write and direct, but now the hunt is on for some new talent.

Here's the book's official synopsis that leaves plenty of unanswered questions and mysteries open:

They watched Danilo Silva for days before they finally grabbed him. He was living alone, a quiet life on a shady street in Brazil; a simple life in a modest home, certainly not one of luxury. Certainly no evidence of the fortune they thought he had stolen. He was much thinner and his face had been altered. He spoke a different language, and spoke it very well.

But Danilo had a past with many chapters. Four years earlier he had been Patrick Lanigan, a young partner in a prominent Biloxi law firm. He had a pretty wife, a new daughter, and a bright future. Then one cold winter night Patrick was trapped in a burning car and died a horrible death. When he was buried his casket held nothing more than his ashes. From a short distance away, Patrick watched his own burial. Then he fled. Six weeks later, a fortune was stolen from his ex-law firm's offshore account. And Patrick fled some more. But they found him.

Hopefully there's some meat and potatoes to this story as opposed to Wahlberg just being on the run from some shady law firm friends. Of course, considering films like The Firm, Runaway Jury, The Client, A Time to Kill, The Pelican Brief and The Rainmaker being based on Grisham's novels, I'm sure the source material has a solid story ripe for the big screen. Wahlberg has really been taking a wide variety of roles lately from the generic Contraband to the R-rated comedy Ted coming later this year, and this is definitely some new territory for him as an actor and producer. Stay tuned as the project develops.

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I hope they include the bittersweet ending as per the novel.

Chris on Apr 10, 2012


Oh wow, a John Grisham book with a "young lawyer in a prominent law firm". How does he come up with this stuff?

norm on Apr 11, 2012


I will NOT support any of Mark Walhberg's films for obvious reasons. 

Bruce Lee on Apr 12, 2012

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