Robert Downey Jr. IS ‘Perry Mason!’

Iron Man and Warner Bros. team up to bring the beloved defense attorney to the big screen. We don't object.

William Bibbianiby William Bibbiani

Wow. We did not see this one coming.

Variety reports that Robert Downey Jr. and Warner Bros., who previously teamed up to bring you the popular Sherlock Holmes reboot (sequel coming this Christmas), are joining forces once again to adapt Erle Stanley Gardner's immensely successful Perry Mason stories to a theater near you. That's… That's actually really cool. 

Like the recently announced Mister Ed reboot, we wonder if many contemporary audiences are all that familiar with the source material, in this case best-selling novels from the 1930's and a television series starring Raymond Burr, which ran for a staggering 11 years. Unlike the Mister Ed reboot, however, Perry Mason has a veritable treasure trove of good stories from which to draw, and a top flight superstar taking on the title role. Let's just say they've "sustained" our interest.

Perry Mason will take place in the 1930's, rather than updating the story to the present day, and that faithfulness is pleasantly refreshing. (Remember the whole Miss Marple fiasco?) The script will be based on an original story written by Downey and David Gambino, the latter of whom produced the wholly unremarkable comic book adaptation White Out. Okay, okay, so it doesn't sound perfect. Still sounds neat though, right?

CraveOnline will be back with more Perry Mason news after a brief recess. 

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