Fox, New Regency nab John Grisham’ “The Racketeer” bestseller

Fox, New Regency nab John Grisham’ “The Racketeer” bestseller

PanARMENIAN.Net - Fox 2000 and New Regency are teaming up to adapt The Racketeer, the latest novel from John Grisham, The Hollywood Reporter said.

Double Feature Films, the shingle run by Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher, is on board to produce the adaptation, which also has Daniel Espinosa developing the project as a directing vehicle.

Espinosa will exec produce with his manager and producing partner Shelley Browning.

Racketeer sees a federal judge murdered at a lakeside cabin and the contents of his safe emptied. The only man who knows the whos and whys is a former attorney serving time in federal prison who hopes to parlay that into getting revenge on the people who put him there.

The book hit shelves in October with an initial printing of 1.5 million copies. It hit No. 1 on both The New York Times and USA Today best-seller charts and has been on the lists since its release.

A search for a writer to adapt the material is underway.

Espinosa, repped by UTA and Magnolia Entertainment, is the Swedish director of Snabba Cash who made his directorial debut with Safe House, the Universal action thriller hit that starred Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds. He is now in preproduction on Child 44, a thriller set in Soviet-era Russia that will star Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace.

Double Feature’s credits include the Steven Soderbergh thriller Contagion and Oliver Stone's World Trade Center. Sher also was a producer on Django Unchained.

 Top stories
Titled “With you, Armenia,” the concert at the Henry Crown Hall will feature works by Komitas, Stepan Rostomyan and others.
The small oil-rich state paid the previous highest price for a painting, a work by Paul Cezanne which sold for $259mln.
Curated by Adelina Cüberyan von Fürstenberg, the pavilion will explore what she’s calling the notion of “armenity.”
The Cosquin Folk Festival lasts nine days and brings together the most important folklore musicians and bands of the continent.
Partner news
Aznavour: The Legend Returns

“The voice of a seemingly extinct volcano which sings to your heart, rather than ears..is heard throughout the world,” Aznavour’s biographer Yves Salgues wrote.