Fox To Adapt Quirk Thriller “Five Hundred”

20th Century Fox has picked up the screen rights to Matthew Quirk’s first novel “The Five Hundred” reports Deadline.

Called a more political-themed version of John Grisham’s “The Firm” or a less supernatural “Devil’s Advocate”, the story follows Mike Ford, a young Harvard Law student who is recruited by a powerful PR/ consulting firm in DC.

The firm’s founder, a man with connections to the five hundred most powerful people in politics, becomes his mentor. It isn’t long however before Ford begins to suspect that he may have sold his soul to the proverbial devil.

Quirk was a crime journalist at The Atlantic and this marks his first novel. It’s tipped this could be the start of a potential franchise.