Now a decade after John Grisham's novel "The Testament" first landed in bookstores, the bestselling author has decided that it is time for the book to join his other titles like "The Associate," "A Time to Kill," and "The Rainmaker" in Hollywood. The best-selling author, who reportedly held out for creative control over the film, seems to have found a deal he liked enough to option the book to producers Mark Johnson and Hunt Lowry, and 821 Entertainment.
"I've been calling [Grisham and his agent] since I read ["The Testament"] the first time and felt it had the best of the courthouse stuff that John writes so well, plus this exotic adventure in deepest Brazil," Johnson told Variety.
Grisham's story follows an $11 billion fortune left to a businessman's illegitimate daughter in Brazil. The writer's trademark courtroom drama enters the fray when an struggling lawyer steps up to help her defend her inheritance from the rest of the billionaire's family.
While Grisham has been quicker to agree to other movies based on his work, such as "Christmas With the Kranks" and "Playing for Pizza," he has been conspicuously hesitant to move ahead with a "Testament" deal. Variety calls Lowry an "old friend" of Grisham's, which likely gave the process the nudge that it needed.
Past Grisham thrillers like "The Pelican Brief" and "Runaway Jury" have been big star-pullers, and "The Associate," still unfilmed, already has Shia LeBeouf lined up. Casting for "The Testament" should be an exciting show to watch in of itself as things move along.
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