THE LINCOLN LAWYER’s Brad Furman to Direct James Patterson Drama Series Adaptation PRIVATE

     July 8, 2013


Yet another filmmaker is heading to the small screen.  Brad Furman, who directed the solid 2011 Michael Connelly adaptation The Lincoln Lawyer, is now looking to adapt author James Patterson’s book series Private.  Deadline reports that Furman is onboard to direct the two-episode pilot and will write future episodes of the drama show, which is currently being pitched to networks as a straight-to-series project.  Private centers on a former Marine helicopter pilot who runs his own international private investigation company, which specializes in “maximum force, maximum discretion.”

Sonar Entertainment is producing the potential series, and one assumes that it’s only a matter of time before a network snatches this one up.  The question now is whether Private will head to cable or network TV.  Furman most recently directed the action-thriller Runner Runner starring Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck, which hits theaters this September.  Hit the jump for a synopsis of Private.

private-book-coverHere’s a synopsis for James Patterson’s Private:

The police can’t help you
Former Marine helicopter pilot Jack Morgan runs Private, a renowned investigation company with branches around the globe. It is where you go when you need maximum force and maximum discretion. The secrets of the most influential men and women on the planet come to Jack daily–and his staff of investigators uses the world’s most advanced forensic tools to make and break their cases.

The press will destroy you
Jack is already deep into the investigation of a multi-million dollar NFL gambling scandal and the unsolved slayings of 18 schoolgirls when he learns of a horrific murder close to home: his best friend’s wife, Jack’s former lover, has been killed. It nearly pushes him over the edge. Instead, Jack pushes back and devotes all of Private’s resources to tracking down her killer.

Only one place to turn: Private 
But Jack doesn’t have to play by the rules. As he closes in on the killer and chooses between revenge and justice, Morgan has to navigate a workplace love affair that threatens to blow the roof off his plans. With a plot that moves at death-defying speeds, Private is James Patterson sleekest, most exciting thriller ever. [Amazon]