Josh Lucas in Talks to Star in NBC's 'The Firm' Series

The "Lincoln Lawyer" actor is in negotiations to star in the legal drama adapted from John Grisham's novel.

Josh Lucas is likely making his way to the small screen.

The Lincoln Lawyer actor is in negotiations to star in NBC's mid-season legal drama, The Firm, adapted from John Grisham's best-selling novel.

The project, which was granted a post-football spot on Sunday evenings, was ordered straight to series with 22 episodes produced by eOne Television in association with Sony Pictures Television's Networks Group and Paramount Pictures. (Paramount, which produced the 1993 film of the same name starring Tom Cruise, owns the rights to the book.)

The two-hour pilot script, written by Lukas Reiter, picks up a decade after the movie left off, with lead Mitch McDeere having just emerged from the Federal Witness Protection Program after bringing down a Memphis law firm operated by the mafia.

Reiter had developed the project at CBS three years earlier, but has since rewritten the script. Grisham and Reiter will executive produce with eOne’s John Morayniss, Noreen Halpern and Michael Rosenberg.

The project would be the first regular series effort for Lucas, who has been busy adding films such as Life as we Know It, Poseidon and Glory Road, to his resume.

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