John Grisham‘s novel “The Partner” has gotten a script commitment with penalty at FOX, according to Deadline. The best-selling legal drama was published in 1997 and was Grisham’s eighth novel. The Partner comes to us from writer Jon Cowan (Suits, Private Practice), Davis Entertainment and Sony Pictures TV Studios. Cowan will also executive produce with Davis Entertainment’s John Davis and John Fox with Grisham’s rep David Gernert.
“The Partner” is described this way on Amazon: “Once he was a well-liked, well-paid young partner in a thriving Mississippi law firm. Then Patrick Lanigan stole ninety million dollars from his own firm—and ran for his life. For four years, he evaded men who were rich and powerful, and who would stop at nothing to find him. Then, inevitably, on the edge of the Brazilian jungle, they finally tracked him down.
“Now Patrick is coming home. And in the Mississippi city where it all began, an extraordinary trial is about to begin. As prosecutors circle like sharks, as Patrick’s lawyer prepares his defense, as Patrick’s lover prays for his deliverance and his former partners wait for their revenge, another story is about to emerge. Because Patrick Lanigan, the most reviled white-collar criminal of his time, knows something that no one else in the world knows. He knows the truth.”
Grisham’s books have been translated into 42 languages. A number of the prolific author’s novels have been turned into films including The Firm, The Chamber, The Client, A Painted House, The Pelican Brief, The Rainmaker, The Runaway Jury, Skipping Christmas, and A Time to Kill.
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