Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Cinemystery: John Grisham's The Litigators Optioned for Film

Cinemystery: Crime Novels Adapted for Film

Fox 2000 has acquired the film rights to John Grisham's 2011 legal thriller The Litigators. (More details about the book, below.) A search is underway for a screenwriter.

The studio is already producing an adaptation of Grisham's most recent novel, The Racketeer, with Daniel Espinosa directing. A third film based on the author's work is also in early stages of production: The Associate, with Adrian Lyne directing a screenplay by William Monahan.

Eight of Grisham's earlier novels have previously been adapted for film, including The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Chamber, and The Runaway Jury.

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The Litigators by John Grisham

The Litigators
John Grisham

The partners at Finley & Figg often refer to themselves as a "boutique law firm". Boutique, as in chic, selective, and prosperous. Oscar Finley and Wally Figg are none of these things. They are a two-bit operation of ambulance chasers who bicker like an old married couple. Until change comes their way — or, more accurately, stumbles in. After leaving a fast-track career and going on a serious bender, David Zinc is sober, unemployed, and desperate enough to take a job at Finley & Figg.

Now the firm is ready to tackle a case that could make the partners rich — without requiring them to actually practice much law. A class action suit has been brought against Varrick Labs, a pharmaceutical giant with annual sales of $25 billion, alleging that Krayoxx, its most popular drug, causes heart attacks. Wally smells money. All Finley & Figg has to do is find a handful of Krayoxx users to join the suit. It almost seems too good to be true … and it is.

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