Warner Bros. and Robert Downey Jr. Teaming for 'Perry Mason' Movie
Yesterday the classic series Mister Ed was announced to be coming to the big screen in the form of a family friendly comedy, but this new venture from another TV series from the past sounds a little more promising. Variety has word that Warner Bros. and Team Downey, the production banner formed by Robert Downey Jr. and wife Susan Downey are teaming up for a big screen adaptation of Perry Mason, the legal drama series on CBS from 1957-1966 which at one time was television's most successful and longest-running lawyer series. In addition, it sounds like Downey is looking to play the titular lawyer in the film as well.
The series itself was based on a series of books by Erle Stanley Gardner who featured Mason in over 80 short stories and novels. In a procedural fashion, Mason was usually involved in a murder trial where he proved his client's innocence by implicating the real killer who then confessed to his crime. The big screen adaptation will be set in 1930's Los Angeles and will include several of the trademark recurring characters like Mason's secretary, Della Street, private investigator Paul Drake, and Mason's longtime courtroom nemesis, Hamilton Burger. Downey as a lawyer in the 1930's sounds like a good proposition to me.