NBC Taking John Grisham’s THE FIRM to Television

     April 28, 2011

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It’s been twenty years since the book was published, and nearly as long since it was turned into a feature film starrring Tom Cruise. Now John Grisham’s novel The Firm looks to be heading to TV as EW reports NBC is negotiating for a full season order (that’s 22 episodes) to adapt the book into a legal drama series. Apparently the adaptation has been in the works for awhile, and was once set up at CBS, but never got off the ground. Law & Order producer Lukas Reiter is behind the project, and Grisham will executive produce (though he won’t be writing). Seems impressive for a new series to get a full season order right out of the gate with no pilot. For those unfamiliar with the novel or the film, we’ve included a synopsis after the jump.

Here’s the official synopsis for John Grisham’s The Firm.

Mitchell McDeere, third in his class at Harvard Law, is wooed relentlessly by the prestigious Memphis tax firm of Bendini, Lambert and Locke. Succumbing to the firm’s high-powered salesmanship, he rejects some of the country’s best-known firms to join the group, where he is awed by the opulent lifestyle pressed upon him. But the company has ruthless, underhanded methods of gathering information (they wire the homes of all associates) and ensuring loyalty (social situations are severely monitored). The firm’s mania for security and secrecy, combined with the fact that the only lawyers who have ever left did so in coffins–five in 15 years–arouse Mitch and wife Abby’s curiosity, and they rapidly find themselves in a labyrinth of intrigue and danger. [Amazon]

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