Monahan, LaBeouf Do Grisham’s “Associate”

Scribe William Monahan (“The Departed,” “Kingdom of Heaven”) will adapt John Grisham’s current bestselling legal thriller “The Associate” for Paramount Pictures says Variety.

The project, being shaped as a star vehicle for Shia LaBeouf, will have the “Eagle Eye” and “Transformers” actor playing a Yale Law School student with a sordid secret that leaves him vulnerable to blackmail.

He’s manipulated into taking a job at a law firm and working on a multibillion-dollar lawsuit.

Lorenzo di Bonaventura is producing. Monahan takes on the job as he preps his directorial debut on an adaptation of the Ken Bruen novel “London Boulevard” starring Colin Farrell and Keira Knightley.