Robert Downey Jr looks to put Perry Mason on the big screen

'Iron Man' star wants to play TV detective in film adaptation

Robert Downey Jr is planning to bring Perry Mason to the big screen.

The detective, created by novelist Erle Stanley Gardner, is most famous from the Raymond Burr-starring TV series which originally ran in the US between 1957 and 1966.

Empire reports Downey and co-producer David Gambino have come up with a story idea and are now in the process of finding a writer to turn it into a screenplay.

The first Perry Mason story was published in 1933, with Gardner going on to write 82 novels and many short stories involving Mason, secretary Della Street, private eye Paul Drake and the team’s legal nemesis, Hamilton Burger.

Downey, who can next be seen reprising his role as Tony Stark/Iron Man in next summer’s Marvel superfilm The Avengers, is thought to want to return the character to his 1930s LA roots.