Can't get enough legal drama? Then keep an eye on NBC's newest project, The Firm. The series will be a continuation of the 1993 movie based on the John Grisham novel.
The first of The Firm's 22 episodes will pick up a decade after the events of the movie, where Mitch McDeere (Tom Cruise's character) and his family have finished their time in the Witness Protection Program. McDeere soon finds himself running from the remnants of the Memphis mob law firm he helped defeat in the novel and movie.
The project has been in the works for some time. Lukas Reiter pitched The Firm to CBS three years ago, but is now in negotiations to bring the series to the peacock network. Reiter's previous production credits include Law & Order, Boston Legal and The Practice.
NBC could certainly use a quality lawyer show. Since cancelling the original Law & Order in its twentieth season, the network has developed Law & Order: Los Angeles and Harry's Law. While Harry's Law has done well despite a muted reaction from critics, Law & Order: LA lost half its viewership in just twelve episodes. The series is due for a refresh later this year.
While Law & Order: Special Victims Unit continues to dominate NBC ratings in its twelfth season, it's hard to deny that the series has become stale. Where it once relied on a solid mix of personal drama and who-dun-it mystery, the later seasons have flipped between "ripped from the headlines" episodes and convoluted attempts at character development.
Should NBC pick up The Firm, author John Grisham will join the project as an executive producer alongside Reiter. Since writing the novel in 1991, he's written 22 additional books, nine of which have also been made into Hollywood movies. The Client was adapted for film in 1994 and for television in 1995.
Even if NBC declines to pick up The Firm, it's already been slated to air on multiple foreign networks. Casting is currently underway, with shooting set to begin in Canada in July.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter