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ABC to turn The Lincoln Lawyer into TV series

HollywoodNews.com: When I said that I wanted The Lincoln Lawyer (based on one of five Mickey Haller novels penned by Michael Connelly) to become the first in a series, I was referring to a big-screen franchise. Still, the apparent choice of ABC and Lionsgate to turn the relatively successful Matthew McConaughey drama into a television series is a pretty smart one.

And frankly, as I find myself watching less and less network television, it is good to know that there will be at least one network drama I can attach myself to in the next couple years. Still, this feels like a missed opportunity. The film industry could use a franchise or two of this nature: R-rated, starring adults, intended for adults, etc. While I have no love for the original films or the marketing campaign thus far, I am indeed rooting for David Fincher’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo for just this reason. Without going into spoilers, things are definitely left open for an ongoing franchise at the conclusion of The Lincoln Lawyer. Most, if not all (that would be telling) of the major stars (which included McConaughey, William H. Macy, Bryan Cranston, Josh Lucas, and Marisa Tomei) are left in a position to return for a would-be sequel.

Point being, the world needs more quality adult genre films of this nature, and the defection of the franchise to television (where it will be just another legal drama) is a loss for those who still relish the idea of seeing this kind of melodrama on the big screen. As I said in my review, “Brad Furman’s picture plays like a high-class HBO pilot for the adventures of Los Angeles defense attorney Mick Haller.

But if that were true, I would gladly watch each and every episode.” So it apparently was, and I will still gladly watch each and every episode. But now that it’s actually going to television, I can’t help but feel that it is another slight blow big-studio adult genre fare. What do you think? Would you watch a Mickey Haller episodic series? Would you have preferred to see these on the big screen, or will you take it in whatever form it comes? Since we can presume that McConaughey and company will not be returning, who would you cast for the main roles?

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