John Lee Hancock Takes John Grisham’s The Partner

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In development for some time, John Grisham’s novel The Partner has found a director. Deadline reports that John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side) is now set to helm the New Regency adaptation.

Published in 1997, The Partner is officially described as follows:

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.

It is noted that, while he’s committed to The Partner, Hancock may first direct the Bonnie and Clyde film Highwaymen.