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'Iron Man' Courts "Perry Mason"

Warner Bros. Pictures ("Sherlock Holmes") and Robert Downey Jr.'s production company Team Downey continue developing author Erle Stanley Gardner's lawyer character 'Perry Mason' as a potential feature franchise, with Downey Jr. eyeing the title role.

The new film will be set in the 1930's, featuring Mason's secretary 'Della Street', private investigator 'Paul Drake' and courtroom nemesis 'Hamilton Burger'.

Downey Jr. and his wife Susan Downey will produce with Robert Cort, along with David Gambino, Eric Hetzel and Joe Horacek executive producing with Susan Feiles and Chris Darling.

As a defense attorney, 'Perry Mason' was featured in more than 80 'detective fiction' novels and short stories, most of which had a plot involving his client's murder trial. Typically, Mason was able to establish his client's innocence by implicating another character, who then confessed.

Author Gardner had over 135 million copies of his books in print in North

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