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Robert Downey, Jr. and Nic Pizzolatto Developing ‘Perry Mason’ Reboot for HBO — Report

RDJ was previously working on the project as a film for Warner Bros.

Nic Pizzolatto may not be involved with “True Detective” season three — which itself is still far from a certainty — but his involvement with HBO is far from over. Along with Robert Downey Jr., the writer and producer is in talks with HBO for a new drama project. Variety first reported the news.

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Few concrete details are known about the project, though it looks to be related to the “Perry Mason” reboot that Downey Jr. was previously developing with Warner Bros. as a feature film for several years. (This project, whatever it is, will be a series.) The two will executive produce along with Susan Downey, with Pizzolatto writing and RDJ starring — his first television role, should it come to pass, since his high-profile role in Ally McBeal some 15 years ago.

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Raymond Burr starred in the original incarnation of “Perry Mason” on CBS from 1957 to 1966. Pizzolatto is best known for creating “True Detective”; the first season, all eight episodes of which were written by Pizzolatto and directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, received near-universal acclaim, while last year’s sophomore season proved divisive.

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