The potential series will be set in the 1930's, featuring Mason's secretary 'Della Street', private investigator 'Paul Drake' and courtroom nemesis 'Hamilton Burger'.
Downey Jr. and his wife Susan Downey will produce .
As a defense attorney, 'Perry Mason' was featured in more than 80 'detective fiction' novels and short stories, most of which had a plot involving his client's murder trial. Typically, Mason was able to establish his client's innocence by implicating another character, who then confessed.
Author Gardner had over 135 million copies of his books in print in North America in 1969.
The character was also portrayed each weekday on a long-running radio series, followed by well-known