90s kids will remember when Matthew McConaughey wasn’t a star. These days that seems impossible, especially when you throw on Dazed and Confused and he pops off the screen, but even after that movie, he wasn’t immediately an A-lister. It took a little while, no matter how hard Hollywood tried to make it happen. And when he landed his first big starring role, they really, really tried.
A Time To Kill hit theaters right in the middle of the John Grisham adaptation boom. There had been The Firm with Tom Cruise and The Client with Susan Sarandon and now there was A Time to Kill with… Woody Wooderson? McConaughey starred as Jake Brigance, a young defense attorney trying to save his client from racism, and also the electric chair after he got revenge against the men who raped his daughter.
In the months leading up to the release, McConaughey was hyped as Hollywood’s next big thing.
The movie definitely upped McConaughey’s profile but he didn’t quite become who he became for a bit longer. Now, 25 years, an Oscar, and a potential gubernatorial run later, everyone’s favorite Texan may be reprising his first starring role. Grisham wrote a sequel, called A Time for Mercy, in a series for HBO.
According to Variety, the series focuses on Brigance’s latest case, when a young man kills his mother’s boyfriend, a deputy sheriff, but claims it was because the cop was abusive to his mom and little sister. It sounds like this time Brigance will be fighting the powers that be, in the form of a bad cop, because 2021.
Gonna be a while before this thing starts moving, and there is no word yet on whether McC’s Time to Kill costars Sandra Bullock, Ashley Judd, Oliver Platt, or Samuel L. “Yes they deserve to die, and I hope they burn in hell!” Jackson will be appearing.