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Report: Robert Downey, Jr. and True Detective's creator team up on Perry Mason for HBO

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Downey has wanted to take on the classic lawyer role for some time

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Robert Downey, Jr. and True Detective's creator are teaming up for a project with HBO, and Variety reports that it's a reboot of Perry Mason, which had languished as a film project for about five years.

HBO is officially mum and so are representatives for Downey and Nic Pizzolatto, the True Detective showrunner. Downey is said to have long wanted a crack at Perry Mason, the classic courtroom drama that aired from 1957 to 1966. A film was set up back in 2011 but it never went anywhere.

True Detective had a strong first season, but its second was a critical disappointment, and there is no word yet on whether a third season is ordered. In January, HBO's president of programming said he regretted pushing Pizzolatto to write True Detective on a deadline instead of giving him more time to work through a story. Pizzolatto still has a contract with HBO to produce other shows.

Downey's last TV role, according to IMDB, was a guest appearance on Family Guy in 2005; his last recurring role in TV was on Ally McBeal from 2000 to 2002. He is much more well known for his roles as Iron Man in a slew of Marvel movies since 2008. That same year, he also starred in Tropic Thunder as a dude playing a dude disguised as another dude.