Matthew McConaughey will reprise his character, Jake Brigance, in a series adaptation of John Grisham’s latest book about the character titled A Time for Mercy set to premiere on HBO.
The book, published last year, follows two other John Grisham books centering around Jake Brigance titled Sycamore Row and A Time to Kill, the latter becoming a breakout role movie for McConaughey. In A Time to Kill, Jake Brigance defends a black man who killed the two white men who raped his daughter. Grisham’s latest novel tells of Brigance defending a man who killed his mother’s boyfriend claiming that he abused his mother, himself, and his younger sister.
Though there is currently no writer for the series adaptation, producer Leonardo Di Bonaventura who helped produce the Transformers movies has signed on as an executive producer. Over a dozen of John Grisham’s books have been turned into movies, the first being The Firm starring Tom Cruise and others such as Runaway Jury, The Pelican Brief, & The Chamber.
McConaughey has worked with HBO in the past on the series True Detective, receiving an Emmy nomination for his role as a homicide detective Rustin Cohie. Though he was supposed to work with Nic Pizzolato, the creator of True Detective, it will not be moving forward.
In the unprecedented tumult of 2020, these inspirational tales of remarkable people provided a new vantage point from which to view the broadening horizon of this vast and changing world. These are true stories of love and loss, of family, faith, and failure, of self-examination, confession, and success against all odds. Within these pages, the authors leave their mark on a world made just a little better, a little brighter, and a little more informed. Here are some of the year’s best memoirs:
Former President Barack Obama’s critically acclaimed memoir is wonderfully rich and detailed, the prose crafted with a deft hand. Included in the New York Times’ 10 Best Books of 2020, this book is an intimate self-examination of the life and career of the 44th President of the United States.
Giving readers a first-person view of his life as politician, husband, and father, this powerfully introspective story of Obama’s presidency, its trials and tribulations, and the journey that led to it gives its audience “…a sense of what it’s like to be the president of the United States.”
A humorous and heartfelt “aperçu of Alex Trebek,” brings readers into the life and mind of the man who has been the face of “Jeopardy!” for more than three and a half decades.
What followed Trebek’s announcement of his Stage 4 pancreatic cancer diagnosis was an outpouring of love and sympathy that convinced him to write his memoirs. In these pages, Trebek details moments of his life in witty and honest vignettes that leave readers closer to the man who many felt was already part of the family.
Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Natasha Tretheway utilizes her mastery of the craft of language to tell a story that is in turns agonizing, beautiful, and devastatingly mournful.
The daughter of a marriage between a black American woman and a white Canadian man, Tretheway writes Memorial Drive: A Daughter’s Memoir as both a poetic elegy to the senseless murder of her mother thirty-five years prior, and as a forceful navigation of a minefield of racism, discrimination, grief, and suppressed pain. Nineteen at the time of her mother’s death, Tretheway returns to the city she swore she would never come back to as an adult. The memoir that is her confrontation with the anguish and injustice of her mother’s killing is an absolute tour de force.
In this candid memoir, author Rana el Kaliouby explores her journey as an Egyptian American Muslim woman to and through the American tech industry. While her book is a commentary on navigating the perils of a world in the throes of an “empathy crisis”—a world in which, despite being constantly connected, people are more alone than ever—her story is also that of a woman trying to reconcile her dreams with the expectations of her upbringing.
Jenna Bush Hager’s heartfelt collection of personal essays provides a charming look into what it was like growing up in two presidential families. Having lost three of her grandparents in the space of a single year, Bush Hager draws on her loving memories of her paternal grandparents—George and Barbara Bush—and her maternal grandparents—Harold and Jenna Welch, the author’s namesake—as she explores what it is to remember the people whose lives, love, and lessons shaped who she is as a woman, a mother, and a public figure.
Honest and engaging, this delightful memoir is a sincere conversation between Buttigieg and the reader. It is at once a compassionate coming-of-age story and a deeply interesting glimpse behind the scenes of his husband’s political campaign as the nations first openly gay presidential candidate. From his childhood in Michigan to coming out to himself and his family, from fighting to put himself through to meeting his future husband, Chasten Buttigieg speaks with an endearing voice to lend hope; not just to the LGBTQIA community or future leaders, but to everyone.
Two-time Women’s World Cup champion, Olympic gold medalist Megan Rapinoe has crafted a memoir that uses her platform as a world-famous soccer player to examine and discuss a multitude of timely issues, ranging from politics to racial injustice to feminism. This is a story about soccer, of course, but it is also about much more. Rapinoe tells the story of her life and her career in an honest and unapologetic way, using her power and position as an out lesbian athlete activist to bring about the crucially needed change she believes so strongly in.
Profound, intimate, and at times heartbreaking, this memoir is a candid examination of how every step of Mariah Carey’s life made her the internationally famous woman she is today. Through the triumphs and tragedies, this story is a testament to the necessity and power of believing in oneself. From her troubled childhood through a terrifying marriage to a final return to the top of the chart, this well-written and honest memoir is a unique and beautiful opportunity to get to know—and admire—the icon that is Mariah Carey in a way like never before.
The deeply personal call to action that is Jane Fonda’s What Can I Do? asks and attempts to answer the all-pervasive question plaguing the minds of those concerned with the largest environmental crisis the world has ever seen.
Fonda does a clean, concise, and compelling job of answering this question at the end of each chapter, giving readers simple strategies and additional resources to make an impact in their own lives and actions. This is more than a well-written memoir: it is bone-deep commitment to the cause and a rallying cry to those who would fight to save the future of the planet.
In a memoir that is as well-written as the author is well-spoken, Omar tells a deeply absorbing story of survival and tenacity in the face of heartbreak and danger. Congresswoman Omar is a Representative of the state of Minnesota and is one of the first two Muslim women to serve in the United States Congress. The story of her life and career is an extraordinary political memoir, but it is also the story of a black woman, a Muslim woman, a refugee, and a mother in modern-day America. This is an inspiring and eye-opening must-read.
As McConaughey says, “This is not a traditional memoir…This is a playbook, based on adventures in my life.” In this ‘playbook,’ McConaughey presents a quick and fascinating read, proving himself to be a skilled author as well as a talented actor. Readers are given a raw and down-to-Earth view of events in McConaughey’s life—some famous, some infamous, some mundane, but all significant. While it is clear he marches to his own beat, his well-crafted and enjoyable personal stories trade polish for the true ring of authenticity. With a dash of self-help and a lot of wit, this is a great read for die-hard fans and casual viewers alike.
In his new memoir, Greenlights, Matthew McConaughey defines moments in his life as green, yellow, or red lights (hence the title) that caused him to move forward, pause, or stop. The actor shares the valuable life lessons he’s learned from these experiences, whether they were green light or red light moments. In the memoir, the actor reveals and discusses the sexual abuse he experienced as a teenager.
The Lincoln Lawyer is the first book in a series of novels centered around Mickey Haller, a Los Angeles defense attorney who is the half brother of police detective Harry Bosch, the star of a separate series of crime novels. Both series are authored by Michael Connelly.
Both series have had different adaptations: The Harry Bosch novels serve as the inspiration for a television series titled Bosch on Amazon Video, with Titus Welliver (Lost) in the title role, and The Lincoln Lawyer was adapted into a film with Matthew McConaughey starring as Mickey Haller. The film came out in 2011 to positive reviews, but didn’t make a big mark at the box office.
Another adaptation of the Mickey Haller story is coming, this time to television. CBS has ordered a pilot based on novel series. The show will center around Haller as he runs his law practice out of the back of his Lincoln town car and takes on different cases around Los Angeles.
The adaptation will come from David E. Kelley, the creator of the television adaptation of Big Little Lies. The series is being developed for the 2019-2020 television season.