Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Tommy Lee Jones may Co-Star, Direct The Lincoln Lawyer, based on the novel by Michael Connelly

The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly

The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Tommy Lee Jones is in negotiations to direct and co-star in the film adaptation of The Lincoln Lawyer, the thriller that introduced Los Angeles criminal defense attorney Mickey Haller by Michael Connelly. The Lincoln Lawyer was the winner of the 2006 Macavity Award for Best Mystery Novel, and won the 2006 Shamus Award for Best P. I. Hardcover.

It's not clear what role Jones would play. Matthew McConaughey has already been signed to play Haller.

Book synopsis: Mickey Haller is a Lincoln Lawyer, a criminal defense attorney who operates out of the backseat of his Lincoln Town Car, traveling between the far-flung courthouses of Los Angeles to defend clients of every kind. Bikers, con artists, drunk drivers, drug dealers -- they're all on Mickey Haller's client list. For him, the law is rarely about guilt or innocence, it's about negotiation and manipulation. Sometimes it's even about justice.

A Beverly Hills playboy arrested for attacking a woman he picked up in a bar chooses Haller to defend him, and Mickey has his first high-paying client in years. It is a defense attorney's dream, what they call a franchise case. And as the evidence stacks up, Haller comes to believe this may be the easiest case of his career. Then someone close to him is murdered and Haller discovers that his search for innocence has brought him face-to-face with evil as pure as a flame. To escape without being burned, he must deploy every tactic, feint, and instinct in his arsenal -- this time to save his own life.

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