4 items from 2011
Warner Bros. Pictures ("Sherlock Holmes") and Robert Downey Jr.'s production company Team Downey confirm they will develop author Erle Stanley Gardner's lawyer character "Perry Mason" as a feature film, with Downey Jr. eyeing the title role.
The new film will be set in the 1930's, featuring Mason's secretary 'Della Street', private investigator 'Paul Drake' and courtroom nemesis 'Hamilton Burger'.
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 »
- Michael Stevens
Oh Lord, just what Robert Downey Jr needs – another franchise to his name. But if we delve deeper, this one sounds like it could be heaps of fun…
Variety says the actor who is next on our screens as the world’s most famous literary detective in the sequel Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, has now attached himself to another super sleuthing role, that of defense attorney Perry Mason in a motion picture at Warner Bros, likely the start of a new film series.
Robert Downey Jr seems to have been courted for the project and he loved the idea of starring in it so much that it will be based on an original story fleshed out by the actor and David Gambino, one of the producers who has Kate Beckinsale’s Whiteout and Jodie Foster’s The Brave One on his producing CV. He also worked as an assistant on Gothika, »
- Matt Holmes
The Iron Man and Alley McBeal star will return to the courtroom to portray the detective/defense attorney which was originally introduced in the novels and short stories by Erle Stanley Gardner. Robert Downey Jr and his wife Susan Downey are bringing the pulp character Perry Mason, a defense attorney who was featured in more than 80 novels and short stories of detective fiction by Erle Stanley Gardner beginning in the 1930's, back to mainstream media with Warner Bros Pictures. After being the focus of a long-running radio series -- spanning over 3,000 episodes, Mason transitioned to several film and television adaptations between the 1960's and 90's; portrayed by both Raymond Burr and Monte Markham. Author Gardner depicted Mason as a lawyer who 'fights hard on behalf of his clients and »
- Pietro Filipponi
A few years before playing "Lurch" in the big screen Addams Family films, Carel Struycken appeared as an unstoppable henchman in an obscure (with good reason) martial arts movie titled Night of the Kickfighters. This casting would lead to one of the most laughably bad fight scenes ever put to film.
For those unfamiliar with the 1988 Action International Pictures martial arts epic Night of the Kickfighters (presumably 99% of you), Carel Struycken appeared as the top henchman working for an evil Mata Hari-type that martial artist and Monte Markham look-a-like Andy Bauman (his one and only film starring role) is hired to defeat after she kidnaps the daughter of death ray laser inventor Adam West. Yes, Adam West, a martial artist who only ever starred in one movie, and the guy that would go on to play "Lurch" in the Addams Family films; you already know this has to be top quality entertainment. »
4 items from 2011
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