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‘The Blind Side’ Helmer John Lee Hancock Tackling John Grisham Adaptation ‘The Partner’

Written by on January 27, 2012 

In following up one of the worst Best Picture nominees in Oscar history, Deadline reports that John Lee Hancock will now set his sights on The Partner, an adaptation of the John Grisham novel set up at New Regency. This is not terribly interesting, but I’ll just repeat Deadline’s quick mention that New Regency’s head, Arnon Milchan, was a big proponent of taking the author’s work to the screen years back, having produced A Time to Kill, Runaway Jury, and The Client. I don’t know why he slowed down for eight years or so, but here they are, back at it.

The Partner is, in a true break from the typical Grisham style, a thriller centered around a lawyer — specifically, “Patrick Lanigan, a young partner in a white shoe Biloxi law firm with a wife and newborn daughter.” With that being such a terrible existence, Lanigan decides to fake his death in a car crash and steal $90 million from the Mississippi firm; now, he “just has to hope the wrong people don’t catch up with him as he goes on the run.”

While he’s been trying to generate some motion on a John Fusco script called Highwayman, The Partner would be Hancock‘s Blind Side follow-up. You’re probably curious what this other film is about; it focuses on “vet cops dragged out of retirement to hunt down bank robbers Bonny and Clyde.” I actually think I’d prefer to see him take that on, if only for a pre-existing lack of interest in Grisham‘s stories. Then again, I don’t have much interest in a Hancock film, either, so we’re really just out of luck on The Partner, aren’t we?

Here’s Amazon‘s longer synopsis of the book:

“They watched Danilo Silva for days before they finally grabbed him. He was living alone, a quiet life on a shady street in Brazil; a simple life in a modest home, certainly not one of luxury. Certainly no evidence of the fortune they thought he had stolen. He was much thinner and his face had been altered. He spoke a different language, and spoke it very well.But Danilo had a past with many chapters. Four years earlier he had been Patrick Lanigan, a young partner in a prominent Biloxi law firm. He had a pretty wife, a new daughter, and a bright future. Then one cold winter night Patrick was trapped in a burning car and died a horrible death. When he was buried his casket held nothing more than his ashes.From a short distance away, Patrick watched his own burial. Then he fled. Six weeks later, a fortune was stolen from his ex-law firm’s offshore account. And Patrick fled some more.But they found him.”

Have you read The Partner, and if you have, do you think it would make for a good film?

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