Safe House director for John Grisham's The Racketeer

News Simon Brew
13 Feb 2013 - 06:52

Daniel Espinosa looks set to direct the movie version of John Grisham's thriller, The Racketeer...

Movies based on John Grisham books used to be a near annual occurence in the 1990s. We had good ones (The Client, A Time To Kill), we had bad ones (The Pelican Brief, The Chamber), and we had ones that were fun, but seemed to go on forever (The Firm). And for a while, of course, it seemed as though director Joel Schumacher would keep making them alternately with his Batman projects.

When Batman & Robin bombed though, Schumacher abandoned his plan to make The Runaway Jury (which subsequently turned up in 2003, with Gary Fleder directing), and Grisham seemingly became less interested in selling the movie rights to his bestselling thrillers. In fact, the last film based on a Grisham book was 2004's Christmas With The Kranks, which was the movie take on Skipping Christmas.

Now though, plans have emerged to bring one of his more recent novels, The Racketeer, to the big screen. And promisingly, Safe House director Daniel Espinosa is reportedly getting the director's chair on the project.

Safe House had one or two problems, but Espinosa's direction was strong, and marked him as an interesting talent to firmly keep an eye on. The Racketeer is still in the early stages though, as the search is on for a writer to pen a screenplay. We'll keep you posted as we hear more, but don't expect the film anytime soon...

The Hollywood Reporter.

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