Courtroom dramas may not have the same box office pull that they once had back in the ’50s and ’60s (or even the mid-’90s for that matter) but the genre never seems to completely die out. Recent films like The Lincoln Lawyer and Bridge of Spies have kept it alive and even Robert Downey Jr. tried his hand at a recent legal drama with his 2014 film The Judge. Over the past few years, he has also been trying to resurrect one of the most iconic fictional lawyers of all time by setting up a brand new Perry Mason movie. Alas the project has not been able to gain any traction on the big screen, so we’re now hearing that he is going a different route with the property by taking it to the small screen instead. HBO is said to be interested and True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto is supposedly involved as well. Hit the jump for more details.
According to Variety, Nic Pizzolatto and Robert Downey Jr. are in talks for a new drama project at HBO. The project is said to be a Perry Mason TV series with RDJ on board to produce and also play the lead role while Pizzolatto is attached to write. With the future of True Detective still in question at HBO, this could be the next best thing for fans of the gritty anthology series.
This would be Robert Downey Jr.’s first major starring role on TV (Ally McBeal notwithstanding), and truth be told, it may be a better fit for the property. Although there were a handful of Perry Mason films produced in the ’30s, the best known incarnation of the character was the TV series starring Raymond Burr that ran from 1957 to 1966 on CBS. Plus with recent shows like Making a Murderer and The People vs. O.J. Simpson, audiences are primed and ready. What remains unclear is whether this is still being planned as a period drama set in 1930s Los Angeles. Would you watch a new Perry Mason TV series starring Robert Downey Jr.?