Adrian Lyne (“Fatal Attraction,” “Unfaithful”) is in talks to direct the adaptation of John Grisham’s legal thriller “The Associate” at Paramount Pictures reports Variety.
The story follows a student who’s about to graduate from Yale Law School when he’s manipulated into accepting a job at a prestige law firm and given privileged information about a multibillion-dollar lawsuit.
William Monahan penned the original draft adaptation back when Shia LaBeouf and director Tony Scott were attached. That version fell through due to monetary issues.
The new version has set a $25-30 million budget and the studio is now looking for its star and are keen to land new Spider-Man Andrew Garfield. Lorenzo di Bonaventura will produce.