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Mark Wahlberg eyes John Grisham adaptation The Partner

04.11.2012
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Mark Wahlberg in black and white

Currently, our favorite underwear-model-turned-actor has R-rated comedy TED on the docket (check out the trailer here), along with 2 GUNS, BROKEN CITY, and Michael Bay's PAIN AND GAIN. Dude definitely knows how to stay busy with his action-thriller and comedy roles.  But in a bit of a what is perhaps a bit of a career experiment, Wahlberg is also in talks to produce and star in an adaptation of legal-thriller-master John Grisham's 1997 novel THE PARTNER.

John Lee Hancock (THE BLIND SIDE) was at one point in line to direct, but has since moved on and left the chair wide open for someone else to tell the story of "Patrick Lanigan, a young partner in a prominent law firm who fakes his own death to steal a fortune from his company before starting a new life in Brazil."  New Regency, the studio with which Wahlberg is currently hammering out a deal, is no stranger to the world of John Grisham due to having brought THE CLIENT, A TIME TO KILL, and RUNAWAY JURY to the big screen. 

So do you think you'd be able to buy Wahlberg in the part? For me it all depends on the director - Martin Scorsese (THE DEPARTED) and David O. Russell (THE FIGHTER) both pulled some really great work out of Wahlberg, but in the hands of a lesser director... well, we'll just have to see.

The Partner book cover

Extra Tidbit: Anyone out there read the book?
Source: Variety

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11:07PM on 04/11/2012
I think Wahlberg has what it takes. He certainly has proven that he can act under the right director (i.e. Departed, Huckabees, Boogie Nights, Lovely Bones, The Other Guys).
I think Wahlberg has what it takes. He certainly has proven that he can act under the right director (i.e. Departed, Huckabees, Boogie Nights, Lovely Bones, The Other Guys).
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1:56PM on 04/11/2012
YES! The Partner is a great book. You'll be hooked by page 10.
YES! The Partner is a great book. You'll be hooked by page 10.
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1:25PM on 04/11/2012
On another note, I'm kind of surprised Hollywood is still trying to make Grisham films. There have been some damn good ones (The Rainmaker, Runaway Jury) as well as some okay ones (The Client, The Firm) and some poor ones (A Time to Kill), but no matter what they've just never been big hits. If they keep making them, I'll keep watching them, but this is a bit of a surprise to me.
On another note, I'm kind of surprised Hollywood is still trying to make Grisham films. There have been some damn good ones (The Rainmaker, Runaway Jury) as well as some okay ones (The Client, The Firm) and some poor ones (A Time to Kill), but no matter what they've just never been big hits. If they keep making them, I'll keep watching them, but this is a bit of a surprise to me.
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3:07PM on 04/11/2012
While I agree that both The Rainmaker and Runaway Jury were good films, out of the 5 you mentioned they performed the poorest at the box office. How exactly did you come to the conclusion that The Client and The Firm were just okay, and A Time to Kill was poor?
While I agree that both The Rainmaker and Runaway Jury were good films, out of the 5 you mentioned they performed the poorest at the box office. How exactly did you come to the conclusion that The Client and The Firm were just okay, and A Time to Kill was poor?
6:26PM on 04/11/2012
My 'great,' 'good,' and 'poor' divisions weren't based on box office gross, those were merely how the films struck me. I absolutely adore 'The Rainmaker.' In terms of money, people just don't seem too interested in shelling out $8 to see lawyer movies on the big screen. I'd say it was a shame, but the truth is I've watched every one of these on video afterwards. They really need to explore to straight-to-DVD/VOD market, I'd say. They'll save on print costs and, with decent publicity, can still
My 'great,' 'good,' and 'poor' divisions weren't based on box office gross, those were merely how the films struck me. I absolutely adore 'The Rainmaker.' In terms of money, people just don't seem too interested in shelling out $8 to see lawyer movies on the big screen. I'd say it was a shame, but the truth is I've watched every one of these on video afterwards. They really need to explore to straight-to-DVD/VOD market, I'd say. They'll save on print costs and, with decent publicity, can still recoup a modest budget.
11:05PM on 04/11/2012
A Time To Kill was a great film. Not poor at all.
A Time To Kill was a great film. Not poor at all.
10:25AM on 04/11/2012
Could be okay... I mean, it's one of my favorite Grisham novels, but despite being a Mark Wahlberg fan, I just don't see him as right for this part. Can anyone imagine him as a lawyer without laughing a little? Anyone? Why not James Caviezel or Cillian Murphy or even Casey Affleck?
Could be okay... I mean, it's one of my favorite Grisham novels, but despite being a Mark Wahlberg fan, I just don't see him as right for this part. Can anyone imagine him as a lawyer without laughing a little? Anyone? Why not James Caviezel or Cillian Murphy or even Casey Affleck?
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