Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Future Of Film
The 100 Greatest Video Games
Robin Williams: The Big Interview
Kevin Feige:
My Movie Life

The Marvel supremo's pick of the flicks
Subscribe: Get 6 Issues For £15
Get Empire magazine today and save money!
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
YESTERDAY
Matt Smith Set For Pride And Prejudice And Zombies
As Mr. Collins
No Matthew McConaughey For Magic Mike XXL
According to director Gregory Jacobs
Liam Neeson May Say Tell No One
He's circling the Harlan Cobden adaptation
Kate Mara Offered A Role In The Martian
She's up for Ridley Scott's sci-fi
New Trailer Shows Robert Downey Jr In The Judge
Judge, feuding and possible executioner
Doctor Strange Secures July 2016 Release Date
And it'll shoot in the UK...
Paranormal Activity 5 Pushed To 2015
And it's now called The Ghost Dimension
More Movie News

Grisham Novel To Get Movie Adaptation
The Testament optioned

23 June 2009  |  Written by Phil de Semlyen  |  Source: Variety

submit to reddit

Fans of workmanlike legal thrillers rejoice for John Grisham is back, back, back. His 1999 bestseller The Testament will be the next of his courtroom potboilers to get the big screen treatment, joining The Partner and The Associate in Hollywood's production pipeline.

With a cast of stock characters including a crusty billionaire, an altruistic daughter, a bunch of venal relatives, a down-on-his-heels lawyer and a smoking monkey, The Testament follows the fight for an $11bn inheritance that, wait for it, ends in a climactic courtroom battle.

With the optioning of The Testament and the recruitment of Oscar-winning screenwriter William Monahan and Shia LaBeouf to The Associate, Grisham seems to be flavour of the month again in movieland. Back in the '90s, Grisham could have written a shopping list and been confident of a big-budget Hollywood adaptation, but he's since imposed a moratorium on optioning out his novels which he only lifted three years ago.

With the Da Vinci Code showing the link behind a mahoosive readership and mega box-office - and Grisham boasting 250m readers - Hollywood has nagged away and The Testament deal offers him a degree of creative control and a chunky back-end pay deal.

Hunt Lowry, producer on A Time To Kill (optioned by Warner Bros. for an eye-watering $6m), teams up with Grisham again, joining Mark Johnson (Prince Caspian) and 821 Entertainment. No word yet on who will write the script. 

 


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

First Look At Alice And Tweedles
More art from Burton's Wonderland
Todd Field Accepts The Creed Of Violence
Update: He's got the funds to make it

SPECIAL FEATURE
The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time EMPIRE READERS' POLL: THE 301 GREATEST MOVIES OF ALL TIME
You turned out in your hundreds and thousands, and here are the results... Browse the full list


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
The Future Of Film: There Will Be Another Indie Golden Age
Independent producers are growing from micro-budgets to something a lot bigger

Empire's Epic Interstellar Subscribers' Cover
The countdown begins to Christopher Nolan's sci-fi masterpiece

The Future Of Film: Your Favourite Movie WIll Be Crowdfunded
Click here to donate

The Empire Podcast #128: Interviews With Sir Roger Moore And George MacKay
Plus we say goodbye to Richard Kiel and the British Expendables are assembled...

Shut Up, World! Gary Busey Is Talking!
Strap yourselves in and meet a true Hollywood original.

Classic Feature: Gods Among Us - Paul Newman
A cat so cool he makes Steve McQueen look geeky.

The Boxtrolls Interviews: The Cast And Crew On Laika's Latest
Sir Ben Kingsley, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Elle Fanning and more talk stop-motion

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get 6 Issues Of Empire For Only £15!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save maney on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 6 issues of Empire for just £15!
Get the world's greatest movie magazine delivered straight to your door! Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)