Robert Downey Jr. Looking to Play Perry Mason in Upcoming Movie
Posted 10.06.11 by Ryan
As if Robert Downey Jr. wasn't in enough franchises, the actor is looking to bring fictional defense attorney Perry Mason to the big screen.
Variety reports that Downey Jr. and his wife and producing partner Susan Downey are looking to produce the Perry Mason movie, based on an idea by Downey Jr. and David Gambino (Whiteout) through their Team Downey production company. Downey Jr. is said to be "eyeing the project as a potential starring vehicle," but considering the Iron Man and Sherlock Holmes actor has come up with the movie's story and is looking to produce, it would seem like chances are good that Downey Jr. will take the case (if you will). The production is currently looking for a screenwriter.
Created by author Erle Stanley Gardner, the Perry Mason character has appeared in 82 novels and dozens of short stories, along with the CBS TV series that ran from 1957-1966 with the late Raymond Burr in the title role and later revived in several television movies in the 1980s and 90s.
According to the report, the movie will follow the novels and maintain the setting of early 1930s Los Angeles and will include regular Perry Mason characters Della Street (Mason's secretary), private investigator Paul Drake (who always finds that crucial piece of evidence at the last minute), and Mason's longtime courtroom nemesis, Hamilton Burger (who has a lousy winning case record thanks to Mason).
Don't expect to see Downey Jr. to litigate all too soon. The actor just finished work on The Avengers and then will continue playing Tony Stark in Iron Man 3, which the actor recently cryptically said needs to "leave it all on the field." Should the sequel Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows find as much success this December as its predecessor, expect another installment of that as well. Then there's a possible Avengers sequel as well, which could slow process on Perry Mason.