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Robert Downey Jr and Nic Pizzolatto set to unite for Perry Mason HBO project

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Story by Jack Foley

ROBERT Downey Jr could be about to unite with True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto for a new HBO TV series, according to reports in America.

The project could be a reboot of Perry Mason, which the Iron Man actor had originally intended on turning into a movie.

However, it is thought it will now take the form of a short TV series rather than a TV movie.

The original Perry Mason, starring Raymond Burr and based on a character created by author Erle Stanley Gardner, became one of TV’s longest running TV series when it aired in the ’60s.

It followed the fortunes of Mason, an unorthodox Los Angeles investigating criminal defence lawyer, with each episode focused on one client’s murder trial.

If the negotiations prove successful, the project would mark the first TV role for Downey Jr since comedy series Ally McBeal, starring Calista Flockhart, which he left in 2001.

On that occasion, he won a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors’ Guild award for his performance as Ally’s boyfriend in the hit show. But he left following an arrest for drugs offences.

Downey Jr is currently filming Spider-Man: Homecoming, reprising his role of Tony Stark/Iron Man and it has also been announced that he will star in a third Sherlock Holmes film.

Pizzolatto has written two series of True Detective – the first, staring Matthew McConaughey, was highly acclaimed but the second series – featuring Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn – disappointed some critics.

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