John Grisham’s 1999 novel “The Testament” is finally set to become a film over at 821 Entertainment Group says Variety.
In the novel, a billionaire defies his greedy relatives and leaves his $11 billion fortune to a mysterious illegitimate daughter doing charity work in the Brazilian wetlands.
A down-and-out lawyer helps her battle her relatives over the fortune. Mark Johnson and Hunt Lowry (“A Time to Kill”) will produce.
Grisham’s first six works such as “The Pelican Brief,” “The Firm” and “The Client” scored quick adaptations between 1993 and 1997. Afterwards though, Grisham put a hold on further adaptations due to his dissatisfaction.
Since then 2003’s “Runaway Jury” was the only film to be produced based on one of his legal thrillers. A TV pilot based on 1998’s generally panned novel “The Street Lawyer” was shot but not picked up.
Lately the author seems to have softened his stance however. A film version of his latest novel “The Associate” is in development at Paramount Pictures, film adaptations of several non-legal books he penned are in the works, and now comes this deal which is said to include the author’s creative input as a big component.
Nine of his books remain as yet to be adapted including “The Partner,” “The Summons,” “The Broker,” “The Last Juror,” “The Brethren,” “The King of Torts,” “The Appeal,” “Bleachers” and the upcoming “Ford County”.