The premium cable outlet is working on an adaptation of John Grisham’s A Time for Mercy, a sequel to A Time to Kill that follows an older Jake Brigance, the lawyer at the center of A Time to Kill. McConaughey is in negotiations to star in the project from Warner Bros. TV.
HBO and Warner Bros. TV declined to comment.
No writer is attached to the project yet. Lorenzo di Bonaventura, a Warner Bros. Pictures executive when the studio released A Time to Kill, will serve as executive producer.
Should it go forward, A Time for Mercy would mark a return to HBO for McConaughey, who starred in the first season of True Detective and was an executive producer of all three seasons of the anthology series. He had been attached to an FX project called Redeemer from True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto but later dropped out.
In A Time for Mercy, Brigance defends a teenage boy who killed a sheriff’s deputy in their Mississippi hometown. Many in the town want the boy to get the death penalty, but as Jake digs into the details of the case, he finds there’s much more to the story.
A Time to Kill helped cement McConaughey’s stardom, earning $152 million worldwide in 1996. The film, directed by Joel Schumacher, also stars Samuel L. Jackson, Sandra Bullock, Ashley Judd and Kevin Spacey.
McConaughey is repped by WME and Morris Yorn.