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Grisham Resurfaces in Hollywood, Continues to Explore Seedy Underbelly of Boring Profession

Cool Your Jets / Dustin Rowles

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There have been 13 John Grisham screen adaptations so far, but no hits since 1997’s The Rainmaker (and if you say Christmas with the Kranks, so help me God I will stick a foot in your left nostril). But, he keeps spitting out monkey-typewriter blather, which he calls books, and Hollywood keeps making movies out of them. I’m pretty sure the Grisham fascination is dead, but that’s probably because books are dead.

All the same, Hollywood is adapting The Partner, a 10-year-old Grisham novel that I’m assuming they opted not to adapt before because it sucks before realizing that sucking doesn’t matter as long as you can attach a decent cast. The novel was about a disillusioned lawyer who stole $90 million from his firm, staged his own death, and disappeared for a few years, only to turn up with a murder-charge pinned to him. Anne Peacock has signed on to adapt; she did the same for Night in Rodanthe and The Chronicle of Narnia: The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe. Meanwhile, Grisham has a new novel coming out early next year, called The Associate (having already tackled the Client, Partner, Brethren, Firm, Rainmaker, Summons, Broker and Chamber. What’s left? Well, the secretary and paralegal and the transcriptionist. So, look forward to those in the years to come.

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