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Robert Downey Jr. will be Perry Mason for Warner Bros.

10.05.2011

Once with his career on the brink of collapse, Robert Downey Jr. has surged to be one of Hollywood's biggest "it" actors; not bad for 46 years old. He's found success and franchise potential in both IRON MAN and SHERLOCK HOLMES, and now Warner Bros. is hoping for a trifecta.

The studio is teaming with Downey Jr. for a new look at Perry Mason. The character got his start in a series of books about a defense attorney, and the series would later go on to be adapted for TV, radio and film many times over. In the '30s, the books were so popular they sold upwards of 26,000 copies a day, and have sold 425 million total to date.

So clearly there's something to the series, and even if it's not the 1930s any more, the character could still be a relevant force in entertainment. Downey Jr's Mason will reportedly not be modernized, and will stay in the '30s and feature staples of the books like Mason's secretary, Della Street, private investigator Paul Drake, and Mason's courtroom nemesis, Hamilton Burger.

There doesn't seem to be anything Downey can't do these days, so obviously this is a project to watch, even if you're unfamiliar with the super old school source material.

Extra Tidbit: At first I thought he was going to be Perry White in MAN OF STEEL when I read this news.
Source: Variety

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5:03AM on 10/06/2011
First Muder She Wrote, now Perry Mason. It's like every show that bored me as a kid is heading to the big screen. I fully expect to hear about a That's My Mama reboot in the upcoming weeks.
First Muder She Wrote, now Perry Mason. It's like every show that bored me as a kid is heading to the big screen. I fully expect to hear about a That's My Mama reboot in the upcoming weeks.
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6:01PM on 10/05/2011

No go...

Perry Mason passed away on September 12, 1993...there will always be only ONE Perry Mason!!!
Perry Mason passed away on September 12, 1993...there will always be only ONE Perry Mason!!!
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2:33PM on 10/05/2011
Come on. This just sounds boring. I love RDJ but I'm not going to get hyped over everything he chooses. I for one don't want to see a courtroom drama about a defense attorney.
Come on. This just sounds boring. I love RDJ but I'm not going to get hyped over everything he chooses. I for one don't want to see a courtroom drama about a defense attorney.
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1:04PM on 10/05/2011
i expect a lot of thumbs down, but despite rdj's greatness, not really a big fan of his choices overall
i expect a lot of thumbs down, but despite rdj's greatness, not really a big fan of his choices overall
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2:03PM on 10/05/2011
I actually sort of agree with you, I wish he'd spend less time working on 'potential franchises' and more time finding interesting scripts for great directors.

Hopefully soon he'll be shutting us up and doing Inherent Vice with PTA.
I actually sort of agree with you, I wish he'd spend less time working on 'potential franchises' and more time finding interesting scripts for great directors.

Hopefully soon he'll be shutting us up and doing Inherent Vice with PTA.
12:58PM on 10/05/2011
Laurence Fishburne is playing Perry White in Man of Steel. Any RDJ casting news, is good news.
Laurence Fishburne is playing Perry White in Man of Steel. Any RDJ casting news, is good news.
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