Thursday, April 28, 2011

NBC Investigates Grisham's "The Firm"

An eOne Television adaptation of author John Grisham's 1991 New York Times best-seller "The Firm" is being eyed by NBC for a 22-episode straight-to-series order with Grishman as executive producer and Lukas Reiter ("Law & Order") as showrunner.

The second novel by Grisham, "The Firm" was made into a 1993 feature starring Tom Cruise and Gene Hackman.

"...'Mitchell Y. McDeere' is a law student who graduated third in his class at Harvard Law School, while married to his high school sweetheart 'Abby'. His brother 'Ray' is serving a prison term, and his other brother 'Rusty' died in Vietnam.

"Mitch has offers from law firms in New York and Chicago but eventually decides to join 'Bendini, Lambert and Locke', a small tax law firm based in Memphis. The firm offers him a large salary, a lease on a new BMW, a low interest mortgage on a house, as well as paying off his student loans. Soon after he joins, his new colleagues help him study and pass his bar exam.

"Two of Mitch's colleagues die in a scuba diving accident in the Cayman Islands the week he starts at the firm. Mitch finds the deaths unsettling. During a memorial service at the firm for the two deceased attorneys, Mitch notices plaques commemorating three other attorneys who died while working at the firm. Suspicious, he hires private investigator 'Eddie Lomax', an ex-cell mate of his brother Ray, to investigate the deaths of the attorneys.

"Lomax discovers that all five of the deceased attorneys died under questionable circumstances and cautions Mitch to be careful. Soon after delivering his report to Mitch, Lomax is murdered..."

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