NBC in Talks for John Grisham 'The Firm' Series

11:47 PM PST 04/27/2011 by Kimberly Nordyke
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The network is in negotiations to pick up a 22-episode series based on the author's best-selling 1991 novel.

NBC is in negotiations to pick up a series based on John Grisham's best-selling 1991 novel The Firm.

The 22-episode series is produced by eOne Television in association with Sony Pictures Television's Networks Group and Paramount Pictures. Paramount, which produced the 1993 movie of the same name that starred Tom Cruise, owns rights to the novel. 

EOne already has sold The Firm in more than 125 territories worldwide, where it will air on SPT's AXN Networks.

The two-hour pilot script, written by Lukas Reiter, picks up 10 years after the movie left off, with Mitch McDeere having just emerged from the Federal Witness Protection Program after bringing down a Memphis law firm operated by the mob. But he and his family soon find their lives are still in danger.

Reiter previously developed the project at CBS three years ago. He's since rewritten the script.

Casting is under way. The project is expected to go into production in Canada in July.

Grisham and Reiter will executive produce with eOne’s John Morayniss, Michael Rosenberg and Noreen Halpern.

Email: kimberly.nordyke@thr.com 

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