A while ago we learned that Shia LaBeouf was set to star in a legal drama in the long running John Grisham films series. The movie is called The Associate, and it’s been a while since we’ve heard anything about it besides the actor’s casting. According to a report from The Los Angeles Times, it may have finally landed a director in the form of Tony Scott.
Their sources claim that Scott is only a few steps away from helming the novel adaptation, which is a conspiracy-thriller (no surprise there) that’s been set up at Paramount for a while. We learned back in December of 2008 that LaBeouf would play the lead, and then a couple months later that William Monahan would pen the screenplay.
Almost two years have passed and we’re just now hearing talk of a director, which is strange considering the amount of talent attached including super-producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura. Even though Scott’s deal hasn’t been confirmed, it’s said to be in the works. The Associate is about “a young lawyer blackmailed into taking a job at a high-profile firm to pass along secrets to a shady defense contractor.”
Who wants to see LaBeouf running around in a suit all day trying to escape a higher power? Wait a minute, wasn’t that Eagle Eye? Hold on, we might be remembering a scene from the Wall Street Money Never Sleeps trailer.
Do you think Scott should direct The Associate?