HBO has announced that the Perry Mason limited series it had in development has been ordered to series.
Based on the Erle Stanley Gardner character that’s fronted more than 80 novels and short stories, as well as almost 300 episodes of a 1957 – 1966 television series, Perry Mason chronicles the origins of defense attorney Perry Mason (Matthew Rhys) as the case of the decade arrives on his doorstep. While navigating a booming 1932 Los Angeles fresh from the Great Depression, Mason uncovers surprising truths not only about the case he’s working but the city he holds near and dear.
It’s been a long development process for HBO’s series adaptation of Perry Mason, which was originally announced in 2016 as a vehicle for Robert Downey, Jr. that was scripted by True Detective‘s Nic Pizzolatto. In 2017, Friday Night Lights alumni Rolin Jones and Ron Fitzgerald took over scripting duties, with Rhys’s casting coming this past January. More casting should be announced in the coming months.
Perry Mason is one of several new shows HBO has ordered in recent months as the premium cable network looks to boost its output in the wake of being acquired by AT&T. Along with the detective drama, HBO has given a series order to teen drama Euphoria; Philip Pullman adaptation His Dark Materials; a Watchmen series shepherded by Damon Lindelof; J.J. Abrams sci-fi drama Demimonde; Lovecraft Country, a horror drama executive produced by Jordan Peele; a series adaptation of The Time Traveler’s Wife; Phoebe Waller-Bridge dramedy Run; Kathryn Hahn-starring dramedy Mrs. Fletcher; religious comedy The Righteous Gemstones; Stephen King drama The Outsider; The Undoing, a limited series starring Nicole Kidman; limited series Gorilla and the Bird, from Big Little Lies director Jean-Marc Vallee; Marc Ruffalo limited series I Know This Much is True; Kate Winslet limited series Mare of Easttown; David Simon miniseries The Plot Against America; and Joss Whedon sci-fi drama The Nevers.