Matthew McConaughey will reprise his character, Jake Brigance, in a series adaptation of John Grisham’s latest book about the character titled A Time for Mercy set to premiere on HBO.
The book, published last year, follows two other John Grisham books centering around Jake Brigance titled Sycamore Row and A Time to Kill, the latter becoming a breakout role movie for McConaughey. In A Time to Kill, Jake Brigance defends a black man who killed the two white men who raped his daughter. Grisham’s latest novel tells of Brigance defending a man who killed his mother’s boyfriend claiming that he abused his mother, himself, and his younger sister.
Though there is currently no writer for the series adaptation, producer Leonardo Di Bonaventura who helped produce the Transformers movies has signed on as an executive producer. Over a dozen of John Grisham’s books have been turned into movies, the first being The Firm starring Tom Cruise and others such as Runaway Jury, The Pelican Brief, & The Chamber.
McConaughey has worked with HBO in the past on the series True Detective, receiving an Emmy nomination for his role as a homicide detective Rustin Cohie. Though he was supposed to work with Nic Pizzolato, the creator of True Detective, it will not be moving forward.