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ABC ready to turn The Lincoln Lawyer into a TV series

08.09.2011

The Matthew McConaughey legal drama THE LINCOLN LAWYER was a surprise in that it was a Matthew McConaughey legal drama that was actually good. It took critics and audiences by surprised and now ABC is looking to develop THE LINCOLN LAWYER into a hour-long TV series.

McConaughey's character from the film, Mickey Haller, was the protagonist of five novels from author Michael Connelly and the series would look to some of those stories to develop plotlines for the series. Connelly is co-writing the pilot with John Romano, who wrote the film.

While Lionsgate and the film's writers are returning, McConaughey most certainly is not, which leads us to an interesting question: who can fill in for the actor? The obvious choice is either Josh Lucas or Patrick Wilson, both who look enough like McConaughey to make it work. Lucas, however, is starring in another legal-film-to-TV-series, the NBC reboot of THE FIRM. And Wilson is starring in the upcoming CBS series "A Gifted Man." So scratch both those names.

Of course just because ABC is developing a pilot doesn't mean the show will actually go to air. As we all know from the "Wonder Woman" debacle, not all series based on a popular franchise make it to your TV.

Source: Variety

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6:07AM on 08/10/2011
Anthony Michael Hall maybe?
Anthony Michael Hall maybe?
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2:45AM on 08/10/2011
Pretty mixed on this. I really enjoyed the movie (especially the court scenes) and a TV show could be a good idea but it really needs to have these three things. One, a good network that can actually get support from and can have a fighting chance, A.K.A, not Fox. Two, it has to have the right cast. Don't get a pretty boy that is new to acting, McConaughey is a pretty boy but McConaughey proved he can be a great actor with the movie. Three, have great writers. If you make a court movie or show,
Pretty mixed on this. I really enjoyed the movie (especially the court scenes) and a TV show could be a good idea but it really needs to have these three things. One, a good network that can actually get support from and can have a fighting chance, A.K.A, not Fox. Two, it has to have the right cast. Don't get a pretty boy that is new to acting, McConaughey is a pretty boy but McConaughey proved he can be a great actor with the movie. Three, have great writers. If you make a court movie or show, the writing has to keep us interested and make us really wanna come back for another week to unsolved another case to be..well..solved. Get those things right and by golly, I'll tune in every week.
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2:18AM on 08/10/2011
Why couldn't McConaughey be in this? It was his first respectable movie in a long time, got good critical praise, and it's not like his career is on the upswing.
The move to TV would likely result in good ratings, critical praise and awards consideration, none of which one typically sees with McConaughey.
Why couldn't McConaughey be in this? It was his first respectable movie in a long time, got good critical praise, and it's not like his career is on the upswing.
The move to TV would likely result in good ratings, critical praise and awards consideration, none of which one typically sees with McConaughey.
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8:59PM on 08/09/2011
Another reason Josh Lucas wouldn't work, he played a different character in the movie. But I agree with the below posts, good movie but we have a few too many legal shows on tv as it is.
Another reason Josh Lucas wouldn't work, he played a different character in the movie. But I agree with the below posts, good movie but we have a few too many legal shows on tv as it is.
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5:58PM on 08/09/2011
Well, I enjoyed the movie, but I agree, I don't think we need another lawyer show. We have enough on air about the lawyer who is playing it crooked, but has a heart of gold. Sure, I liked the character, but what is the justification for yet another formulaic bad-boy/girl lawyer show?
Well, I enjoyed the movie, but I agree, I don't think we need another lawyer show. We have enough on air about the lawyer who is playing it crooked, but has a heart of gold. Sure, I liked the character, but what is the justification for yet another formulaic bad-boy/girl lawyer show?
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5:40PM on 08/09/2011
That's what TV is missing! Another lawyer show! I don't understand why we have so many series that glorify one of the worst justice systems on the planet.
That's what TV is missing! Another lawyer show! I don't understand why we have so many series that glorify one of the worst justice systems on the planet.
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5:34PM on 08/09/2011
Hell YES! I loved this film. I'd rather a sequel because McConaughey was great but I'll take more depth and a TV series.
Hell YES! I loved this film. I'd rather a sequel because McConaughey was great but I'll take more depth and a TV series.
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3:22PM on 08/09/2011
Maybe that means Harry Bosch will show up and maybe, just maybe, we can get a Harry Bosch spin-off.
Maybe that means Harry Bosch will show up and maybe, just maybe, we can get a Harry Bosch spin-off.
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12:06PM on 08/09/2011
Josh Holloway as Mick.
Josh Holloway as Mick.
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11:17AM on 08/09/2011
tits! though i'd rather have a new movie. The Brass Verdict is jsut as good as The Lincoln Laywer, and the LL movie was pretty spot on with the book.
tits! though i'd rather have a new movie. The Brass Verdict is jsut as good as The Lincoln Laywer, and the LL movie was pretty spot on with the book.
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11:10AM on 08/09/2011

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It took them by surprised? Or surprise?
It took them by surprised? Or surprise?
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