By Benjamin Wright | The Playlist August 9, 2011 at 6:39AM
There's been a steady stream of television-related news trickling out over the past few days (thank you, TCAs), but none as surprising as this: apparently ABC has tasked Lionsgate with producing a screenplay that could possibly become a television program based on "The Lincoln Lawyer." Yes, that movie that gave audiences a rare glimpse of Matthew McConaughey with a shirt on and became a sleeper hit this spring, exceeding expectations to take $75 million worldwide and some decent critical praise to go with it. Not bad.
Variety is reporting that Lionsgate and Lakeshore Entertainment have locked the film's writer, John Romano, along with the original novel's author, Michael Connelly, to co-write and executive produce the pilot. This certainly shows that they have intentions, at least, of making this a program worth watching.
"The Lincoln Lawyer" boasts a premise that pretty much sells itself: a suave, savvy lawyer who handles clients out of the back of his chauffeured Lincoln Town Car. That just smells of an opportunity to offer audiences a weekly crime procedural show with a bit of a twist. While we won't exactly be clamoring to catch this if the pilot is picked up, fans of Connelly's novels, who have long been waiting some kind of decent treatment of his work, will certainly be glad to know that the adventures of Mick Haller could soon become a weekly affair.