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Old 01-14-19, 02:11 PM
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Perry Mason limited series coming to HBO starring Matthew Rhys

Matthew Rhys is going from stealing America’s secrets to embodying one of its icons.

Fresh off his Emmy-winning six-season run on FX’s The Americans, Rhys has signed on to star as legendary fictional criminal defense lawyer Perry Mason in a prospective limited series at HBO. The project is being produced Robert Downey Jr., who was originally eyed to play Mason. (Downey Jr.’s Team Downey shingle has been trying to get a Perry Mason project off the ground for much of the past decade.)Rhys, who will also serve as a producer on the project, will play Mason at a time in his life when he is living check-to-check as a low-rent private investigator. He also finds himself haunted by his wartime experiences in France and is suffering the effects of a broken marriage.

Rolin Jones (The Exorcist) and Ron Fitzgerald (Westworld) will pen the adaptation and serve as co-showrunners.

Here’s the project’s logline:

1932, Los Angeles. While the rest of the country recovers from the Great Depression, this city is booming! Oil! Olympic Games! Talking Pictures! Evangelical Fervor! And a child kidnapping gone very, very wrong! Based on characters created by Erle Stanley Gardner, this limited series follows the origins of American Fiction’s most legendary criminal defense lawyer, Perry Mason. When the case of the decade breaks down his door, Mason’s relentless pursuit of the truth reveals a fractured city and just maybe, a pathway to redemption for himself.

The search is on for a director to helm the limited series.

Perry Mason was most famously played by late actor Raymond Burr, who starred as the defense attorney for nine seasons on CBS’ Perry Mason series (1957–1966) and 26 subsequent TV movies (1985–1993).
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I love Matthew Rhys. Certainly interested in this now.
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Never having read them, does any of this storyline appear in Gardner's books, even as a background reference?
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Never having read them, does any of this storyline appear in Gardner's books, even as a background reference?
Hard to say if the plot is pulled from one of the books or not. Gardner wrote 80+ Perry Mason books. The Case of the Crafty Kidnapper and The Case of the Deadly Toy could be potential candidates.
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It seems like an odd choice for HBO.
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Re: Perry Mason limited series coming to HBO starring Matthew Rhys

Officially ordered to Series: https://deadline.com/2019/03/hbo-per...ys-1202580838/

Tim Van Patten, who has directed many HBO shows will direct and serve as EP.
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Tatiana Maslany Joins Matthew Rhys in HBO's 'Perry Mason'
https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/li...XuYWiU2TLXewX0


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Matthew Rhys and Tatiana Maslany in a show?
wow!
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Old 04-14-19, 08:09 AM
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I donít typically sign up for these extra services (I did for the beginning of Game of Thrones), but this one I just might die to the cast alone!

I wonder if it will air this year or next.
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Highly unlikely that it airs this year.
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