Matthew McConaughey to return for John Grisham's A Time to Kill sequel

Naomi Gordon
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Photo credit: Archive Photos - Getty Images
Photo credit: Archive Photos - Getty Images

From Good Housekeeping

A TV adaptation of John Grisham's best-selling novel A Time For Mercy, which is a sequel to his classic thriller A Time to Kill, is currently in development at US network HBO, which has acquired the rights to the book.

A Time to Kill was adapted into the 1996 movie starring Matthew McConaughey, Sandra Bullock and Samuel L Jackson, and Deadline reports that McConaughey is in talks to reprise his role as defence attorney Jake Brigance.

The legal thriller - set in 1980s Mississippi, where racial tensions are simmering - follows Brigance and his assistant (played by Bullock) defending a Black man called Carl Lee Hailey (Jackson) on trial, who is accused of murdering two white men who raped his ten-year-old daughter. The Ku Klux Klan incite violence as 'retribution' in the small fictional town of Clanton.

The film also starred Oliver Platt, Donald Sutherland and Kiefer Sutherland.

A Time for Mercy is set five years after Brigance's monumental court case, during which he is reluctantly assigned to the case of a young man who shot and killed his mother's boyfriend, who is a deputy sheriff. While many of the Clanton residents demand a swift trial and the death penalty, Brigance digs deeper to discover there's more to the story than meets the eye.

The novel is actually the third in the series by revered crime author Grisham; the second book is 2013's Sycamore Row, but Deadline adds there were never any discussion to adapt that novel.

A Time to Kill is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video, and will also be available to watch on BBC iPlayer on Monday, 22 March.

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