Robert Downey, Jr. and His Crew to Develop Perry Mason Film

Robert Downey, Jr.Watch out, Perry Mason is coming back to the public lexicon!

To be honest, I haven’t had much exposure to Perry Mason beyond my father’s offhanded comments about him always cracking the big case just in time. But the character is cherished both as an iconic hero of literary and television history, so the news does certainly warrant a good deal of interest. Robert Downey, Jr., the celluloid osprey, and his production company Team Downey, are developing a new film to feature the character of Perry Mason. RDJ himself is expected to star as the always-gets-his-man lawyer.

Perry Mason was a defense attorney solving crimes in 1930s Los Angeles. Working alongside Mason are his secretary Della Street and a private investigator named Paul Drake. Mason’s courtroom rival was prosecutor Hamilton Burger. Mason was created by series novelist Eric Stanley Gardner and immortalized by Raymond Burr in the CBS legal drama that ran from 1957 – 1966.

This is the only existing quotation on the Perry Mason TV series IMDb quotes page (parentheticals transcribed exactly):

    Della Street (a simple question): What do you know about art?

    Paul Drake (astonished): Me? I don’t even know what I like!

Bam. You’ve been Masoned.

The project is currently seeking a screenwriter to develop a story that Downey and executive producer David Gambino have written.

Source: Variety

Staff editor Michael Arbeiter’s natural state of being can best be described as “mild panic attack.” His earliest memories of growing up in Queens, New York, involve nighttime conversations with a voice from his bedroom wall (the jury’s still out on what that was all about) and a love for classic television that spawned from the very first time he was allowed to watch “The Munsters.” Attending college at SUNY Binghamton, a 20-year-old Michael learned two things: that he could center his future on this love for TV and movies, and that dragons never actually existed — he was kind of late in the game on that one.

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