It’s been awhile since anyone’s seen the famed criminal defense attorney back in the courtroom and back on the case, but that’s about to come to an end with television director, writer, and producer Tim Van Patten (Boardwalk Empire, The Sopranos, Game of Thrones) set to direct and executive produce HBO‘s Perry Mason. Written and executive produced by showrunners Rolin Jones and Ron Fitzgerald, the upcoming limited series stars Matthew Rhys (The Americans) in the title role.
Set in 1932 Los Angeles, where while the rest of the country recovers from the Great Depression – the city is booming like never before! 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 (Rhys). 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.
Rhys’ Mason finds himself at a time in his life when he is living check-to-check as a low-rent private investigator. Haunted by his wartime experiences in France, Mason suffers the effects of a broken marriage and a broken career.
Robert and Susan Downey are set to executive produce alongside Team Downey’s Amanda Burrell, and Joe Horaceck; with Rhys also on board as a producer on the project.
Gaining professional notoriety as an executive producer, director, and writer on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, the two-time Emmy Award-winning Van Patten would also helm the Game of Thrones pilot and 20 episodes of The Sopranos. His television resume also includes work on The Pacific, Rome, Sex and the City, Black Mirror, Into the West, Homicide: Life on the Street, The Wire, and Deadwood.