Warner Bros. and Team Downey are teaming to relaunch the "Perry Mason" franchise as a feature film, with Robert Downey Jr. eyeing the title defense attorney role as a potential starring vehicle.I can actually imagine Downey as Mason. The slightly hard-boiled attorney of the novels was never the granite block of a man represented by Raymond Burr, even though Gardner was happy with Burr’s casting in the role. I just hope Downey doesn’t try to turn this character into an action figure, the way he has Holmes.
Like the original series of books by Erle Stanley Gardner, "Perry Mason" will be set in the rough and tumble world of early 1930s Los Angeles, and feature fan favorites such as Mason’s secretary, Della Street, private investigator Paul Drake, and Mason’s longtime courtroom nemesis, Hamilton Burger.
Team Downey principals Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Downey will produce with Robert Cort, while David Gambino, Eric Hetzel and Joe Horacek will exec produce with Susan Feiles and Chris Darling.
The producers are currently looking for a writer, whose script will be based on an original story by Robert Downey Jr. and Gambino.
(Hat tip to Mystery Fanfare.)