For those who don’t know or can’t remember, novelist John Grisham was the Stephenie Meyer of the 1990’s. Everything he wrote got published, and everything he published became a movie, regardless of its quality. Great work if you can get it.
The 2000’s haven’t been as kind to Grisham as they have been to Dan Brown, J.K. Rowling, Stephen King, et al. (Then again, what decade isn’t kind to Stephen King?) Maybe Grisham’s creative well dried up, or maybe people simply moved on from the “legal thriller” that was/is his raison d’être. Not enough wizards/werewolves/r
eligious conspiracies, we gather. Anyway, it therefore comes as somewhat surprising news that New Regency and director John Lee Hancock (“The Rookie,” “The Blind Side”) have now seen fit to bring Grisham’s 2005 best-seller “The Partner” to the big screen.
“The Partner,” one of the latest in Grisham’s fabled “The [Noun]” series—which also includes “The Firm,” “The Pelican Brief,” “The Client,” “The Chamber,” “The Rainmaker,” “The Runaway Jury,” and, er, not “A Time to Kill”—is about a lawyer who fakes his own death in order to embezzle $60 million.