NBC to Pick up John Grisham’s THE FIRM TV Series
John Grisham’s classic novel The Firm which was adapted into a movie back in 1993 by director Sidney Pollack, and actor Tom Cruise will now get adapted into a TV series. NBC is currently in negotiations to pick up the series' 22-episodes. The new show will not tell the original story that we already know, it will take place 10 years later.
The series was written by Lucus Reiter, and according to Deadline, “The series picks up 10 years after the 1993 feature left off. It reintroduces Mitch McDeere, the young lawyer played in the movie by Cruise, who brought down a prestigious Memphis law firm operating as a front for the Chicago mob. McDeere and his family emerge from isolation after 10 years in the Federal Witness Protection Program. Determined to reclaim their lives and their future, the McDeeres soon find that past dangers are still lurking and new threats are everywhere.”
I loved the film, and this sounds like it would make for an intriguing new series. I like the idea, and I’d definitely tune in to revisit the characters, and see how this story continues. Maybe they should have stayed in witness protection a little longer, after all... the mob can really hold a grudge.
In case you were wondering, Grisham is involved with this series development as well. He worked with Reiter on the script and story development. He also serves as an executive producer.
The show already got the green light by eOne Television in association with SPT networks, and Paramount Pictures before negotiations with NBC even started. The decision to green light it was based solely on international distribution. Casting for the new series is under way, and production is expected to begin in Canada in July.
What do you all think about The Firm becoming a TV series?