John Grisham's Mitch McDeere Is Back On the Run

Photo credit: ©Lisa Waddell Buser
Photo credit: ©Lisa Waddell Buser

If you number among fans of John Grisham's 1991 thriller The Firm who found themselves wondering about the ultimate fate of legal whistle blower Mitch McDeere, then prepare for some good news. Deadline broke the story this week that courtroom drama king Lukas Reiter and Grisham have joined forces to write a twenty-two-episode television series that picks up ten years after Sydney Pollack's 1993 film "The Firm" left off. International distribution has already been secured, and will be broadcast in more than 125 territories across the globe. NBC expressed domestic interest in the series.

For readers unfamiliar with the plot, Tom Cruise stars as ambitious young lawyer Mitch McDeere, who is employed by a Memphis law firm suspected of having Chicago mob ties. McDeere works with the FBI to topple the prestigious firm. Reiter's series will begin as McDeere and his family emerge from witness protection, and are immediately confronted by both old and new dangers. The Firm is Grisham's second novel and most successful book-to-screen endeavor, grossing over $270 million worldwide.

We are usually leery of sequels, especially after twenty years have passed, but at this point it is difficult to gauge how everything will pan out. The fact that Grisham is an active participant in writing the series gives us peace of mind, as who can know the characters better than their original creator? Casting is in progress, and the major question on everyone's' minds: Will Tom Cruise sign on to reprise his role as McDeere? It seems unlikely that Cruise would consider making the transition to television at this point in his career, but stranger things have happened.

Do you think this series has potential to be as good as Grisham's original novel? Will it work without Tom Cruise?

  • Ed

    I hope it works. Love Grisham and I loved the movie and book.

  • amy

    big fan, cannot wait!

  • Ellen

    LOVE IT !

  • Skip

    Looking forward to it. Huge fan of Grisham's work.Betch acklyst

  • Dexman

    Nice! I could not put the book down, and the movie was pertty good as well with a very decent cast. I think this would make a good "The Fugitive" or something.

  • Lily

    The Firm was a movie I loved to watch, no matter how often it came on TV. Whether it would stand the test of time depends upon whether they choose outstanding actors in all the roles. That's what made it a blockbuster, in addition to Grisham's awsome script. I'm looking forward to the series in hopes that it can capture a great audience once again.

  • Marianne Cox

    It would be awesome if Tom Cruise and Jeanne Triplehorn could reprise their roles in the new series! The continuity would be so believable and I'm not sure anyone else could do the roles justice. Can't wait!

  • Thomas

    I saw the 1993 adaptation and it was totally opposite from what Grisham wrote in the book. Not even a semblence of the original material (the plot as well as the entire ending was changed). What is the point of adapting a book unto the big screen if the entire script is does reflect the book and virtually nothing is kept from the original. I did not like the movie at all for that reason alone.
    Grisham must have been disgusted and this is the reason he is now insisting on being an active participant in the series. The series may be successful because it is not a reflection of anything already written but a jump into the future.

    • Bill

      I could not agree more with Rob on Thomas being the one who is off base. Yes the ending was different, and yes I would like to have seen the ending in the book, but the adaptation was otherwise about 85% on the mark. It is a book that I enjoyed in the 90's and can still pick up in the middle of the night to read when I can't sleep. For me at least it will be hard to overcome the Tom Cruise image, for once I connect a face to a character in a book it is tough for me to think of someone else. But I look forward to the attempt and will try it, since I liked the overall story.

  • BeadLadyOnBeach

    GREAT IDEA! Doesn't need Tom Cruise! There are MANY other great TV actors who would be wonderful!! I just hope it is not on HBO, that it is on regular cable TV!

  • Rob

    Thomas, you're way off in your assessment of the continuity between the movie and the book. Your use of superlatives leaves no room for a more factual critique of the movie's adherence to the storyline of the book. There was quite a lot more correlation between the actions of the characters in each work, and although the ending was changed, it wasn't far fetched. Grisham was actually quite pleased with the movie, mainly because Pollack and Cruise were involved.