NBC pursuing series deal for John Grisham's 'The Firm'

Via Entertainment Weekly, USA Today's website reports that NBC is interested in picking up a TV series based on the John Grisham legal thriller "The Firm," which was adapted for a made-in-Memphis 1991 blockbuster starring Tom Cruise and Gene Hackman. Grisham will serve as an executive producer, and former "Law & Order" producer Lukas Reiter will be showrunner for the proposed 22-episode order. More from EW on the show's prospects:

The Firm sold 7 million copies and helped launch the modern legal thriller novel genre. The story always seemed like a potential solid fit for a cable channel like FX or AMC, but seems challenging for broadcast.

UPDATE: More details from the entertainment wires:

The two-hour pilot script picks up the action 10 years later, with Mitch McDeere (played in the 1993 feature by Tom Cruise) having just emerged from the Federal Witness Protection Program after bringing down a Memphis law firm operated by the mob. But he and his family soon find their lives are still in danger.

And for those wondering whether the series would be shot in Memphis:

Casting is under way. The project is expected to go into production in Canada in July.


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