John Grisham has been one of America’s most favorite authors since 1989. His writings have sold over 250 million copies worldwide. Nearly all his books, in fact 17 all, are legal fiction however he has written four non-legal fiction works and one non-fiction story. Around this writing there were ten films made from his writings with one in the works.
His second story, “The Firm”, was the first novel to be converted into a movie back in 1993. In this movie, starring Tom Cruise, Jeanne Tripplehorn and Gene Hackman, a young Harvard Law School graduate begins working at a rather shady Memphis law firm. In that same year of 1993, a second John Grisham book to movie came out, “The Pelican Brief” featuring Julia Roberts and Denzel Washington.
In 1994, “The Client” was released. In this movie a young boy accidentally witnesses a suicide and he is consequently chased by the mob for what they think the dying man may have told him. “The Client” starred Susan Sarandon, Tommy Lee Jones and the late Brad Renfro.
The first published story written by Grisham was made into a movie in 1996. “A Time to Kill” introduced the world to an up and coming handsome new actor, because it was one of Matthew McConaughey’s first leading roles. At the same time it also featured Sandra Bullock, Samuel L. Jackson and Kevin Spacey. “The Chamber” with Chris O’Donnell, Gene Hackman and Faye Dunaway also came out in 1996.
“The Rainmaker” came out in 1997, with Matt Damon in the lead role as a young lawyer who takes on a case of a young boy denied medical treatment by a big insurance carrier. In 1998, the only Grisham film from an unpublished manuscript came out. “The Gingerbread Man” starred Kenneth Branagh and Robert Downey, Jr.
Of the four non-legal works of fiction by Grisham, two have been made into films, “A Painted House” in 2003 and the holiday favorite, “Christmas with the Kranks” starring Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis which was adapted from the amusing tale “Skipping Christmas”.
“The Runaway Jury” arrived on the scene in 2003. This movie featured Gene Hackman, Dustin Hoffman, John Cusack and Rachel Weisz. Grisham’s twenty-first novel, “The Associate”, just released as a novel in January 2009, is going to be released as a movie in 2012.
With 22 published stories and one more expected in November 2009, 10 movies and another expected in 2012, John Grisham has been one of the most prolific and beloved writers in recent history. You can now download the any of the films that you missed and watch right from your computer or TV set.