Once upon a time, Hollywood saw television as a proving ground for up and coming actors and directors – once making it big, a TV star would likely go on to only star in films and never again return to the small screen.
That era is over, with many well-known and critically acclaimed moviemakers using TV as a platform for their most cherished products. Such is the case with the new announcement that Robert Downey Jr, whose last TV project involved playing a character in Ally McBeal, is working on a new project designed specifically for HBO.
While the show is currently in early stages of development, Variety reports that the show will be a reboot of the 60s television series Perry Mason – Downey had previously been working to create as a movie with Warner Bros, before plans fell through.
Downey isn’t the only big name attached to the project. Nic Pizzolatto, the creator of True Detective, will also be working on the project, if insider reports are to be believed.
Should the project get off the ground, this will prove TV to be an even more enticing platform for Hollywood creators with personal projects that don’t quite fit the movie formula.
It’s likely that we’ll be seeing plenty more big names taking roles on the small screen, and TV will continue to lose its stigma as the underperforming younger brother to the movie industry.