Years ago, Robert Downey Jr. was trying to set up a PERRY MASON movie at Warner Bros, in which he would star. After moving the project to HBO last year, Team Downey (Robert and wife Susan Downey) has brought new writers onboard the latest series based on the legal drama that ran on CBS from 1957 to 1966.
The new writers, Rolin Jones and Ron Fitzgerald, first got their start on Showtime’s Weeds before moving over to the cable network’s United States of Tara and then NBC’s Friday Night Lights. They also wrote and executive produced the AMC pilot The Knifeman. Fitzgerald has an overall deal with HBO and he’ll be reuniting with his frequent collaborator to develop the show.
Perry Mason was set up last year at HBO with plans for the Iron Man star to play the classic television character with True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto set to write, but Pizzolatto has had to shift his focus to the third season of the show, which will star Oscar-winner Mahershala Ali.
Created by Erle Stanley Gardner in the thirties, Mason was featured in 80 novels and short stories, a radio series, six feature films and a fifties comic strip before being brought to television for what would become an Emmy-winning series. Multiple ttempts to revive the unconventional defense attorney in subsequent decades wasn’t quite as memorable.
If this series happens, it will be Downey’s biggest TV series since he appeared on Fox’s Ally McBeal from 2000 to 2002.
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor