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Monday, May 16, 2011

Toronto Start For Grisham's ''The Firm''

Author John Grisham’s best-seller "The Firm" has been commissioned by Global, NBC Universal and Entertainment One for an original 22-episode x 60-minute series, premiering midseason 2012 in tandem on Global and NBC as part of the networks’ fall TV seasons.

"This series is an exciting extension of the popular Grisham brand and a key addition to Global’s new fall midseason primetime lineup," said Barbara Williams, SVP, Content, Shaw Media, "...an excellent opportunity to steadily build upon our growing number of high-profile network partnerships, joining the likes of 'Titanic', 'Combat Hospital' and 'Rookie Blue'."

Executive produced by Lukas Reiter ("Law & Order") and Grisham, "The Firm" continues the story of 'Mitchell Y. McDeere' and his family, 10 years after the events of the feature film and novel.

"...As a young associate, 'Mitchell Y. McDeere' brought down 'Bendini, Lambert & Locke', a prestigious Memphis law firm operating as a front for the underworld. His life was never the same. After a difficult 10 years, which included a stay in the Federal Witness Protection Program, Mitch and his family emerge from isolation determined to reclaim their lives and their future – only to find that past dangers are still lurking and new threats are everywhere..."


The second novel by Grisham, "The Firm" was made into a 1993 feature starring Tom Cruise and Gene Hackman.

"...'Mitchell Y. McDeere' is a law student who graduated third in his class at Harvard Law School, while married to his high school sweetheart 'Abby'. His brother 'Ray' is serving a prison term, and his other brother 'Rusty' died in Vietnam.

"Mitch has offers from law firms in New York and Chicago but eventually decides to join 'Bendini, Lambert and Locke', a small tax law firm based in Memphis. The firm offers him a large salary, a lease on a new BMW, a low interest mortgage on a house, as well as paying off his student loans. Soon after he joins, his new colleagues help him study and pass his bar exam.

"Two of Mitch's colleagues die in a scuba diving accident in the Cayman Islands the week he starts at the firm. Mitch finds the deaths unsettling. During a memorial service at the firm for the two deceased attorneys, Mitch notices plaques commemorating three other attorneys who died while working at the firm. Suspicious, he hires private investigator 'Eddie Lomax', an ex-cell mate of his brother Ray, to investigate the deaths of the attorneys.

"Lomax discovers that all five of the deceased attorneys died under questionable circumstances and cautions Mitch to be careful. Soon after delivering his report to Mitch, Lomax is murdered..."

"The Firm" is produced by Entertainment One in association with Sony Pictures Television and Paramount Pictures and will be lensed on location in Toronto.

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