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Robert Downey Jr. To Lead 'Perry Mason': 1930s Crime-Solving District Attorney

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First Posted: 10/05/11 03:50 PM ET Updated: 12/05/11 05:12 AM ET

Looks like "Sherlock Holmes" isn't enough of a crime-solving fix for Robert Downey Jr.

Warner Bros is planning a film revamp of "Perry Mason" series which, according to Variety, Downey is looking to play the district attorney lead and, along with his wife, will also produce the flick.

For those unfamiliar, "Perry Mason" had a lengthy life before being turned into a 1960s television show, starring Raymond Burr. Set against the backdrop of gritty 1930s Los Angeles, it began as a book series by Erle Stanley Gardner, was converted into a radio series and spawned several TV and full-length movies.

The new script is to be based on an original story penned by Downey and executive producer David Gambino. The revamp will keep the fabric of the original series intact with its setting and classic characters like secretary Della Street and the P.I. Paul Drake.

If all goes according to plan, this could turn into another franchise for the actor, alongside "Sherlock Holmes" and "Iron Man."

For a lesser man, we'd be worried.

For more, click over to Variety.

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