PERRY MASON to get Big Screen Treatment with Robert Downey Jr.
Warner Bros. is looking to relaunch the classic Perry Mason franchise with the possibility of Robert Downey Jr. talking on the the lead title role. Perry Mason is based on a series of book written by Erle Stanley Gardner, and the story is set in the rough and tumble world of early 1930s Los Angeles. It features characters such as Mason's secretary, Della Street, private investigator Paul Drake, and Mason's longtime courtroom nemesis, Hamilton Burger.
Doweny Jr. is also producing the film, and the production team is currently on the hunt for a writer to take on the script, which will be based off of an original story hatched by Downy Jr. and producing partner David Gambino.
Perry Mason has gone through several entertainment reincarnations over the years beginning with a radio series in 1937, running 3,257 episodes. 34 two-hour telepics were developed as well along with six feature films developed by Warner Bros. in the 1930s. There was then a popular TV series on CBS that starred Raymond Burr that aired from 1957 to 1966.
I've heard of Perry Mason, and I know what the man is about, but I've never read any of the books or watched the TV series, but I do know the famous theme song. I've always enjoyed watching Downey Jr. in the films he makes, so I'm sure this adaptation will end up being a fun and entertaining film. Thoughts?