Simmer down, all you jetpack enthusiasts. That’s Racketeer, with an “a”.
Just a couple weeks ago, it was announced that Safe House director Daniel Espinosa was lining up Child 44, the Stalinist Russia based serial killer thriller with Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace, as his next project.
But it looks like Espinosa is a multitasking sort of fellow as he’s apparently got time to pop into the much warmer climes of a John Grisham novel as well.
THR reports that the Swedish filmmaker has signed on to exec produce and direct an adaptation of The Racketeer, fan favourite author John Grisham’s latest which was released last October to a no.1 spot on the New York Times and USA Today best sellers list, and it’s been there ever since.
Here’s the official blurb for the book:
Given the importance of what they do, and the controversies that often surround them, and the violent people they sometimes confront, it is remarkable that in the history of this country only four active federal judges have been murdered.
Judge Raymond Fawcett just became number five.
Who is the Racketeer? And what does he have to do with the judge’s untimely demise? His name, for the moment, is Malcolm Bannister. Job status? Former attorney. Current residence? The Federal Prison Camp near Frostburg, Maryland.
On paper, Malcolm’s situation isn’t looking too good these days, but he’s got an ace up his sleeve. He knows who killed Judge Fawcett, and he knows why. The judge’s body was found in his remote lakeside cabin. There was no forced entry, no struggle, just two dead bodies: Judge Fawcett and his young secretary. And one large, state-of-the-art, extremely secure safe, opened and emptied.
What was in the safe? The FBI would love to know. And Malcolm Bannister would love to tell them. But everything has a price—especially information as explosive as the sequence of events that led to Judge Fawcett’s death. And the Racketeer wasn’t born yesterday…
This sounds like typical Grisham fair, but seeing as how his work has been translated to the screen so successfully in the past, I can definitely see the appeal. The initial report indicates that Espinosa is still looking for a writer to adapt the book, but makes no mention on whether or not he will be directing this before or after Child 44 - which I’m way more intrigued by – but I have a feeling that that may be dependent on the availability of Hardy and Rapace, two of the most in-demand actors in Hollywood right now.
And just for the record, I am still miffed that this isn’t actually about a new Rocketeer movie. Way to crush my dreams, Espinosa.