EXCLUSIVE: Fox 2000 is moving forward with an adaptation of the 2012 John Grisham bestseller The Racketeer, setting Frank Baldwin to write the script. Double Features partners Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher are producing. The novel revolves around a former marine-turned-attorney in a small Virginia law firm who unwittingly gets caught up in a shady deal and is given a decade sentence after an FBI sweep. His career and marriage in tatters, he gains leverage when a judge is murdered and he’s the only one who knows why and what was kept in the judge’s empty safe. He gets sprung, but is not near done getting revenge against the feds that put him behind bars. The project was originally set up with Fox 2000 and New Regency but the latter exited when talks with Safe House helmer Daniel Espinosa hit the rocks. Baldwin has done the Black List scripts When Corruption Was King and The Art Of Making Money. Baldwin is repped by WME and Leverage’s Michael Garnett.
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