Mark Wahlberg is in early talks to join the film adaptation of the John Grisham best-seller “The Partner” for New Regency reports Variety.
The 1997 novel follows Patrick Lanigan, a young partner in a white shoe Biloxi law firm with a wife and newborn daughter. Trapped in a burning car one night, he died, leaving behind only ashes.
But Lanigan is disillusioned enough by his life to fake his death and steal $90 million from his firm. He just has to hope the wrong people don’t catch up with him as he goes on the run and begins a new life in Brazil.
Wahlberg, Stephen Levinson and Arnon Milchan will produce. John Lee Hancock was previously slated to direct but that’s no longer the case with other scribes and directors currently being considered.