Matthew McConaughey will revisit the role that gave him his big Hollywood break. According to Deadline, HBO is working on a sequel to 1996’s movie A Time to Kill with McConaughey returning as lawyer Jake Brigance.
The original movie was based on John Grisham’s novel of the same name, published in 1989. HBO’s sequel will adapt 2020’s A Time for Mercy, which serves as the third book in the series.
The project is envisioned as a limited series, with eight to 10 episodes planned at the moment. Further details are being kept under wraps, but reports say that Lorenzo Di Bonaventura (Constantine, Transformers) is on board as executive producer.
McConaughey previously took time to promote A Time for Mercy on his social media, sparking rumors that he might revisit the role of Brigance. He was reportedly already in talks to star in the book’s adaptation at the time.
Directed by Joel Schumacher, A Time to Kill featured an ensemble cast that included McConaughey, Sandra Bullock, Samuel L. Jackson, and Kevin Spacey. The movie received mixed reviews but was a big box office hit, earning $152 million on box office compared to a $40 million budget. It also brought Jackson a Golden Globe Award nomination in the Best Supporting Actor category.