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Josh Lucas in 'The Firm': Thankless task or golden opportunity?
by Jeff Labrecque
Though there’s no established rules, movies typically get translated into television shows, and vice versa, in one of two ways. A movie becomes a hit, like M*A*S*H, and the studio arranges to bring those characters to the small screen quickly thereafter. Or, a classic television show, like The Fugitive, is relaunched as a movie decades later for a new generation of fans. Rarely do you see what NBC is currently attempting: resurrecting a movie, The Firm, as a television series — 18 years after the Tom Cruise hit. Yes, In the Heat of the Night successfully pulled off a similar trick — 21 years after the original film — but typically, networks aren’t looking that far in the past for their next hit show.
That said, there’s some hope for NBC’s mid-season replacement. One, they have the John Grisham fanbase that bought 7 million copies of The Firm, a fanbase that, no disrespect to Cruise and director Sydney Pollack, rather preferred the book to the film. Two, they have a handsome, likable movie star willing to step in Cruise’s shoes: Josh Lucas. The 39-year-old Arkansan is as suited for attorney Mitchell McDeere’s skin as the more-intense Cruise ever was, and the idea of him picking up the story 10 years after the events of the film has merit. People may always identify Cruise with the character, but it’s not like Lucas is resurrecting Top Gun‘s Maverick or Jerry Maguire. After a few well-written episodes, Lucas can put his own stamp on the character, just as Sarah Michelle Gellar and Alan Alda did on Buffy and M*A*S*H, respectively.
Why do you think networks don’t look to older movies more often when they’re ordering pilots? Does Tom Cruise’s Firm cast such an imposing shadow to threaten NBC’s series, or do you think that Lucas can very quickly make the role his own? What TV versions of characters, in addition to Gellar and Alda, equaled or surpassed the original cinematic portrayals? (Can I get some love for Robert Hays’ alien in TV’s Starman?)
就算Josh Lucas的演技修為可以重新演繹出不同風格的Mitchell McDeere，
Done deal: Josh Lucas will do 'The Firm' for NBC
by Lynette Rice
The series will pick up McDeere’s story about a decade after the events of the 1991 novel by John Grisham and film.
Grishman is on board as a non-writing executive producer, with former Law & Order producer Lukas Reiter as showrunner and eOne Television as the primary production company, which is also selling the show internationally.
The drama was picked up for NBC’s midseason lineup
Josh Lucas officially joins 'The Firm'
By Rick Porter
NBC's midseason series "The Firm" has officially signed Josh Lucas to play its lead role. Lucas, who had been in talks for the part, will play lawyer Mitch McDeere in the show based on John Grisham's novel; the story picks up about 10 years after the events of the book and 1994 movie that starred Tom Cruise.
Josh Lucas To Star In NBC's 'The Firm'
by NELLIE ANDREEVA
Meet television's Mitchell McDeere. Josh Lucas is in final negotiations to play the lead in NBC's midseason drama The Firm, marking his first major TV series gig. The series, based on the hit Paramount feature starring Tom Cruise as McDeere and on John Grisham's best-selling novel, picks up the story 10 years after the events of the film and novel. As a young associate, McDeere brought down a prestigious Memphis law firm, which operated as a front for the Chicago mob -- and his life was never the same. After a difficult decade, which included a stay in the Federal Witness Protection program, Mitch and his family now emerge from isolation to reclaim their lives and their future -- only to find that past dangers are still lurking and new threats are everywhere. The Firm is produced by Entertainment One in association with Sony Pictures TV Networks and Paramount Pictures, with Grisham, Lukas Reiter, John Morayniss, Michael Rosenberg and Noreen Halpern executive producing. Lucas has been heavily pursued for series in the past few years but had largely stayed away before he responded to the script for The Firm. The WME-repped actor was most recently seen in the feature adaptation of another best-selling novel about an attorney, The Lincoln Lawyer. He just wrapped Medalian and will next be seen in Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar, in which he plays Charles Lindbergh, and Red Dog.
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