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02.17.2009

THE DEPARTED scribe William Monahan has been tapped to adapt John Grisham's best-selling novel "The Associate" into a top-grossing film called THE ASSOCIATE--a star vehicle for our boy Shia LaBeouf.

In it, LaBeouf will play a Yale Law School student with a terrible 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. Since when does Grisham write stories about law firms? Haha.

Actually, we haven't had a Grisham film in a while, and truth be told, some classic films have been based on this guy's novel. And we all remember what happened the last time Monahan wrote an adaptation, right?

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Extra Tidbit: Which is your favorite film based on a John Grisham novel?
Source: Variety

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12:24PM on 02/17/2009
YES!!! I love Grisham movies (and books). Plus, Monoghan is a good writer. Even if this is at the shitty end of the [link] I'm still pumped. Would have liked another actor better (I think Dev Patel would have been pretty sweet) but I have no problem with The Beef.
YES!!! I love Grisham movies (and books). Plus, Monoghan is a good writer. Even if this is at the shitty end of the [link] I'm still pumped. Would have liked another actor better (I think Dev Patel would have been pretty sweet) but I have no problem with The Beef.
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9:16AM on 02/17/2009

The last time Monaghan adapted something we got "Body of Lies"

I can't comment on that one, but the way you phrased it made me think you're implying Monaghan's last was his Oscar-winning "Departed" script.

As for this, in all fairness I think Grisham is just the right material for LaBeouf, because it's totally Hollywood. Look back at some other Grisham adaptations and you get Tom Cruise, Julia Roberts, and Matt Damon, just when their respective careers were about to take off. And this kid is red hot right now, so it doesn't matter if he's the best there
I can't comment on that one, but the way you phrased it made me think you're implying Monaghan's last was his Oscar-winning "Departed" script.

As for this, in all fairness I think Grisham is just the right material for LaBeouf, because it's totally Hollywood. Look back at some other Grisham adaptations and you get Tom Cruise, Julia Roberts, and Matt Damon, just when their respective careers were about to take off. And this kid is red hot right now, so it doesn't matter if he's the best there is. I think the only time a John Grisham story threatened to be a prestige piece was when Susan Sarandon was nominated for an Oscar for "The Client."
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3:55AM on 02/17/2009
Is Shaia LaBeouf as good as Ben Foster or Joseph Gordon-Levitt or Emile Hirsch? No. But the kid's not bad, and I'd rather see him starring in stuff like this then crap like Eagle Eye (yes I said it). I'm guessing that if they're having Monnahan adapt then they're not just going to hand it over to some hack director, so as long as that's the case, then I think this has decent potential.

As for favorite Grisham novel I'll tell you what it's not, Christmas with the Kranks. Dead serious, it's
Is Shaia LaBeouf as good as Ben Foster or Joseph Gordon-Levitt or Emile Hirsch? No. But the kid's not bad, and I'd rather see him starring in stuff like this then crap like Eagle Eye (yes I said it). I'm guessing that if they're having Monnahan adapt then they're not just going to hand it over to some hack director, so as long as that's the case, then I think this has decent potential.

As for favorite Grisham novel I'll tell you what it's not, Christmas with the Kranks. Dead serious, it's actually based on the Grisham book "Skipping Christmas". How's that for an extra tidbit?
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3:51AM on 02/17/2009
Emile Hirsh is a good option, although Shia is like the new Tom Cruise, except without the shit eating grin.
Emile Hirsh is a good option, although Shia is like the new Tom Cruise, except without the shit eating grin.
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3:19AM on 02/17/2009

???

Shia is the best they can come up with ? How about Ben Foster or Joseph Gordon- Levitt ? We'll see who the director will be. I hope it's a good and proven one.
Shia is the best they can come up with ? How about Ben Foster or Joseph Gordon- Levitt ? We'll see who the director will be. I hope it's a good and proven one.
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