For a long time, Matthew McConaughey was known for making light and fun romantic comedies. Over the years he has transitioned into reprising more serious characters that were praised by everyone. While McConaughey isn’t appearing in as much movies as he previously was, he is returning to TV to reprise the role that made him a fan favorite more than 25 years earlier.
According to a report, HBO has acquired the rights to the John Grisham novel, A Time for Mercy. The novel is the sequel to the author’s novel A Time to Kill. Given the popularity of the first movie, the studio will be turning the novel into a limited series with McConaughey is in the final negotiations to reprise the role of defense lawyer Jake Brigance.
As for the plot, in A Time for Mercy, Brigance finds himself appointed by attorney after a 16-year-old boy accused of murdering a local deputy. While there has been a second novel, there hasn’t been a discussion on adapting the novel for movies or TV shows. However, McConaughey expressed his interest in returning to reprise the role after Grisham made it known that a third Brigance novel was on its way last year.
In case you need a refresher, A Time to Kill followed the story of McConaughey’s fearless young lawyer as he defended a black man accused of murdering two white men who raped his daughter. The book came out in 1989 and was adapted into a film seven years later. Apart from Matthew McConaughey, Sandra Bullock, Samuel L. Jackson, and Kevin Spacey starred, with Oliver Platt, Ashley Judd, Kiefer Sutherland, and Patrick McGoohan appeared in the movie to reprise their supporting roles.