Matthew McConaughey to reprise A Time to Kill role in HBO's limited series
McConaughey played attorney Jake Brigance in the 1996 A Time to Kill movie adaptation, directed by Joel Schumacher
Hollywood star Matthew McConaughey has been tapped to return as attorney Jake Brigance from A Time to Kill in HBO's upcoming series based on the John Grisham novel, A Time for Mercy. The book, published last year, is a follow up to Grisham's novels A Time to Kill (1989) and Sycamore Row (2013), both of which centred on Brigance.
McConaughey played the role in the 1996 A Time to Kill movie adaptation, directed by Joel Schumacher. A Time for Mercy is being adapted as a limited series featuring 8 to 10 episodes.
Lorenzo di Bonaventura, who served as Warner Bros executive when A Time to Kill was greenlighted, is producing the upcoming project. No writer or director is attached to the series yet.
Time to Kill followed fearless young lawyer Brigance as he defends a Black man accused of murdering two white men who raped his 10-year-old daughter.
In A Time for Mercy, Brigance finds himself embroiled in a deeply divisive trial when the court appoints him attorney for Drew Gamble, a timid 16-year-old boy accused of murdering a local deputy. "Many want a swift trial and the death penalty, but Brigance digs in and discovers that there is more to the story than meets the eye. Brigance's fierce commitment to saving Drew from the gas chamber puts his career and the safety of his family on the line," the synopsis reads.
The project marks McConaughey's return to HBO following his Emmy-nominated work as Rust Cohle in the series, True Detective.