Sunday, January 08, 2012

John Grisham serializes his own sequel to "The Firm" on NBC

A television series as a sequel to a movie sounds like a “very natural thing”, if unoriginal.

John Grisham’s novel “The Firm”, about an eager young lawyer hired unknowingly to represent a front for the mob, was gripping, with its world of goons and fibbies, and reference to “mandatory marriage” on the first page. The 1993 movie for Paramount with Tom Cruise as Mitch McDeere held to the novel, and even included a scene on the Washington Mall the day after the 1993 March blizzard.

The NBC series (starting with a 2-hour pilot Sunday Jan. 8)  imagines McDeere has come out of witness protection ten years later, and has been trying to set himself as a solo lawyer with a membership in an “association” rather than as a typical lawyer tethered to a film.

In the opening scene, the goons are after him.  Then the first Pilot episode goes back a couple of time segments, to present his last attempt on his own, where he gets a juvenile off from being tried as an adult for a playground beating, while having to deal with the victim’s family with convoluted maneuvers.

The link is here. The series will continue Thursday nights. 

I still wonder about the “creativity” of writing for television.  But author John Grisham is an executive producer. He also likes baseball. Maybe he ought to get involved running the Nats (whom I hope will sign Prince Fielder).  

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