Matthew McConaughey Returning For HBO Sequel Of ‘A Time To Kill’ Called ‘A Time For Mercy’
It wasn’t his first film, but 1996’s John Grisham adaptation A Time To Kill was a part of Matthew McConaughey’s breakout. Now he’s ready to revisit it, on the small screen, in HBO’s A Time For Mercy. If you’ve never seen it, directed by Joel Schumacher, was set in Clanton, MS, and followed a fearless young lawyer named Jake Brigance as he defends a Black man accused of murdering two white men who raped his 10-year-old daughter. The case turns the small town into a boilerplate of tension that includes inciting violent retribution and revenge from the Ku Klux Klan. It also starred Samuel L. Jackson and Sandra Bullock.
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 in Clanton 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. The plan for the show is for eight to 10 episodes, with Lorenzo di Bonaventura, who was an executive at Warners and oversaw the original film, as producer.