Perry Mason is an upcoming American drama television miniseries, based on the Perry Mason series of short stories and novels written by Erle Stanley Gardner, that is set to premiere on HBO. The series is being written by Rolin Jones and Ron Fitzgerald and is set to star Matthew Rhys in the title role.
|Based on||Perry Mason|
by Erle Stanley Gardner
|Directed by||Tim Van Patten|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Production company(s)||Team Downey|
Perry Mason takes place in "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, the 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."
On August 15, 2016, it was reported that HBO was developing a drama series based on the Perry Mason stories written by Erle Stanley Gardner. The production was expected to be written by Nic Pizzolatto who was also set to executive produce alongside Robert Downey Jr. and Joe Horacek. Production companies involved with the series were slated to consist of Team Downey. On August 25, 2017, it was announced that Pizzolatto had dropped out of the production in order to focus on the third season of True Detective and that he was being replaced as the project's writer by Rolin Jones and Ron Fitzgerald.
On January 14, 2019, it was announced that HBO had given the production a series order. It was further announced that Jones, Fitzgerald, Susan Downey, and Amanda Burrell would serve as additional executive producers, that Matthew Rhys would serve as a producer, and that the production was currently in the process of hiring a director. Jones and Fitzgerald were also expected to serve as showrunners for the series as well. In March, Tim Van Patten was set to direct the series, in addition to serving as an executive producer.
Alongside the initial development announcement, it was confirmed that Robert Downey Jr. would star as the titular Perry Mason. On July 25, 2018, it was reported that Downey Jr. had dropped out of the role due to his feature film schedule and that a search for his replacement was ongoing. On January 14, 2019, it was announced that Matthew Rhys had been cast to replace Downey Jr. Tatiana Maslany joined in April. John Lithgow was added to the cast in May.
This is a list of actors who have been members of the cast of one or more programs in the Perry Mason television franchise.
Perry Mason (1957–66)
The New Perry Mason (1973–74)
Perry Mason television films (1985–95)The Case of the Curious Bride
The Case of the Curious Bride is a 1935 mystery film, the second in a series of four starring Warren William as Perry Mason, following The Case of the Howling Dog. The script was based on the 1934 novel of the same name by Erle Stanley Gardner, published by William Morrow and Company, which proved to be one of the most popular of all the Perry Mason novels.The movie marked Errol Flynn's first appearance in a Hollywood film. He appears twice, as a corpse and in flashback towards the end.The Case of the Howling Dog
The Case of the Howling Dog is a 1934 American mystery film directed by Alan Crosland, based on the novel of the same name by Erle Stanley Gardner. The film stars Warren William and Mary Astor. This was the first in a series of four films in which William played Perry Mason. The next three films in the series was, The Case of the Lucky Legs (1935), The Case of the Curious Bride (1935) and The Case of the Velvet Claws (1936).
Warner Bros. made seven Perry Mason films between the years 1934 and 1941, when the series ended. Ricardo Cortez took over the role of in the fifth film, The Case of the Black Cat (1936), then Donald Woods became Mason in the sixth, The Case of the Stuttering Bishop (1937). Finally, William Lundigan became Mason in the last of the series, The Case of the Black Parrot (1941).
Each film in the series featured a different actress portraying Della Street. The characters were revived in a popular CBS television series that starred Raymond Burr as Perry Mason and Barbara Hale as Della Street. That series ran from 1957 to 1966.
Monte Markham revived the character in a 1973-74 The New Perry Mason CBS television series that co-starred Sharon Acker as Della Street.
Raymond Burr again starred as Mason in Perry Mason an NBC made-for-television movies that began in 1985 and ended when he died in 1993. Barbara Hale also revived the role of Della Street in that series.The Case of the Lucky Legs
The Case of the Lucky Legs is a 1935 mystery film, the third in a series of Perry Mason films starring Warren William as the famed lawyer.The Case of the Stuttering Bishop
The Case of the Stuttering Bishop is a 1937 drama film directed by William Clemens. It stars Donald Woods as Perry Mason and Ann Dvorak as Della Street, his secretary. Edward McWade plays the role of stuttering Bishop William Mallory. It is the sixth and final film in the Warner Bros. Perry Mason series. It is based on the novel The Case of the Stuttering Bishop (1936) by Erle Stanley Gardner.