Peacock Adapts Grisham’s Partner

Ann Peacock (“Nights in Rodanthe,” “Kit Kittredge: An American Girl”) will adapt John Grisham’s eighth legal thriller novel, 1997’s “The Partner”, for Chartoff Productions and Velocity Management says The Hollywood Reporter.

The story centers on a disillusioned lawyer who steals $90 million from his law firm, stages his own death and successfully disappears for several years.

What at first seems to be a brilliant white-collar crime is further complicated by a murder charge. Bob Chartoff, Lynn Hendee, Grant Turck and Mark Bethea will produce.

Many of Grisham’s works have been adapted for film and television (“The Firm,” “A Time to Kill,” “The Pelican Brief”), the most recent being 2003’s “Runaway Jury” and 2004’s “Christmas with the Kranks”.

A TV series pilot of his ninth legal thriller “The Street Lawyer” was shot but never picked up. Grisham’s next book “The Associate”, his seventeenth work of legal fiction, hits stores in January.