Mark Wahlberg is in talks with New Regency to star in and produce a film adaptation of John Grisham's novel, The Partner.

The film will follow main character Patrick Lanigan, a young partner in a prominent law firm who fakes his own death to steal a fortune from his company before starting a new life in Brazil.

Director John Lee Hancock was previously attached to write and direct the project, but he recently lost interest. New Regency is looking at other directors and writers. Stephen Levinson will be producing with the actor.