Robert Downey Jr. and Nic Pizzolatto are teaming up to revive an old TV staple to a show on the format of True Detective.
HBO seemed to be having some issue about settling the talents of Nic Pizzolatto. On the back of the success of True Detective starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, the director was signed on by the network till 2018.
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The second season of the show starring Colin Farrell and Taylor Kitsch failed to make the same impact with the critics and the audience. At the end, it seemed unlikely that there will be a third season.
So the network has been worried about Pizzolatto but no more. Seems like Robert Downey Jr. is the answer to HBO’s prayers. The star has been developing a concept around the 1950’s TV hit show Perry Mason which is based on hugely popular Erle Stanley Gardner novels.
The nine seasons starting in 1957 and effectively established the legal procedural as a TV staple. The cast of characters include forceful, L.A.-based defense lawyer Mason, dashing investigator Paul Drake, legal secretary Della Street, and district attorney Hamilton Burger. The theme of the show involved Mason indicting his innocent clients by actually finding the true culprit.
Robert Downey Jr. is set to star in and produce the new show which will be directed by Pizzolatto. Pizzolatto and Downey are collaborating to formulate the show on more modern terms in which the theme will stray a little and the lawyer will go around the law to prove his clients wrong.
This will also tie in with the True Detective format so we are probably looking forward to a hybrid show featuring the talents of both Pizzolatto and Downey. Robert Downey has already played a lawyer and a detective so his experience will come in handy with his work in the series.
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Deadline first reported about the news.