William Monahan to Adapt John Grisham’s “The Associate”

“The Departed” scribe William Monahan has been hired to adapt John Grisham’s bestselling legal thriller “The Associate”

Monahan will adapt the book as a star vehicle for Shia LaBeouf, who will play a Yale Law School student with a sordid secret that leaves him vulnerable to blackmail. He’s manipulated into taking a job at a law firm and working on a multibillion-dollar lawsuit.

Monahan, who won an Oscar for adapting the Asian film “Infernal Affairs” into “The Departed” for Martin Scorsese, takes on the job as he is preparing to make his directorial debut on his scripted adaptation of the Ken Bruen novel “London Boulevard,” financed by GK Films and starring Colin Farrell and Keira Knightley..