Tony Scott has directed a lot of commercial pictures in his prolific career -- action movies set amid fighter pilots, hostage movies set on trains, thrillers set in high-level government agencies. But he's never taken on the pinnacle of commercial pictures: a John Grisham thriller.
That could change shortly, as the director is, according to sources, just a step away from taking the director's job on "The Associate." The film, set up at Paramount, is a Grisham-derived conspiracy thriller about a young lawyer blackmailed into taking a job at a high-profile firm to pass along secrets to a shady defense contractor. Paramount was not immediately available for comment.