Warner Bros., Robert Downey Jr., and Susan Downey are teaming for a feature film re-launch of the classic courtroom drama series Perry Mason. Variety reports that Downey Jr. is eyeing the title role of defense attorney who privately investigates crimes on behalf of his clients and always discovers that someone else was the criminal. Surprisingly, in none of the Perry Mason books by Erle Stanley Gardner (where the character originated in the 1930s), radio shows, TV episodes, or TV movies bore the title “Perry Mason: Thanks for Nothing, Cops.“ The character’s most famous incarnation was on the TV series with Mason being played by Raymond Burr.
According to Variety, “the movie will be set in the rough and tumble world of early 1930s Los Angeles, and feature fan favorites such as Mason’s secretary, Della Street, private investigator Paul Drake, and Mason’s longtime courtroom nemesis, Hamilton Burger.” The film is currently looking for a writer to adapt an original story by Downey Jr. and executive producer David Gambino. This is all well and good, but I hope the film features the classic theme song from the TV series. Hit the jump to give it a listen.