The elderly in Florida are partying it up today. Fictional defense attorney Perry Mason, a literary creation from Erle Stanley Gardner during the 1930s, is getting the big-screen franchise reboot treatment by Warner Bros. The character is probably best known, by your grandparents if not by you, for the 1950s-’60s television adaptation starring Raymond Burr. Or for the 30 subsequent made-for-TV movies that aired between 1985 and 1995.
WB is reportedly eyeing Robert Downey Jr. to star in the reboot, according to Variety. The movie will be set during the 1930s, with familiar characters from Gardner’s series, like Della Street, Paul Drake and Hamilton Burger, all playing key roles. Downey will produce with his wife Susan, with a story developed by Downey. A writer is being sought to script it.
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