When Matthew McConaughey decided that he was no longer going to be the shirtless face of the rom-com genre and would reinvent himself as a critically acclaimed dramatic actor, The Lincoln Lawyer was the first step towards a full-blown McConaissance. Brad Furman’s glossy adaptation of Michael Connelly’s novel was the ideal vehicle for McConaughey to balance his acting chops with his undeniable star power, and the legal thriller pulled in solid reviews, along with decent box office business.
The potential for sequels was definitely there, but instead The Lincoln Lawyer was set up almost a decade later at CBS as a TV series, with small screen veteran David E. Kelley developing the concept. However, the pilot wasn’t picked up, and it was confirmed in May of this year that the show definitely wouldn’t be moving forward.
Over the last few months, there’ve been rumors that Netflix could step in to resurrect the project, but nothing official has been announced as of yet. However, insider Daniel Richtman now claims that it’s indeed on the cards and Neve Campbell is in talks to play female lead Maggie McPherson, ex-wife of main character Mickey Haller, who was portrayed by Marisa Tomei in the movie, with Kingdom star Kiele Sanchez cast for the scrapped CBS version.
There was also talk of Amazon swooping in to rescue The Lincoln Lawyer, which makes more sense given that the streaming service already have Bosch under their umbrella, which is based on a Michael Connelly literary creation as well who happens to be the half-brother of Mickey Haller in the books. But wherever it ends up, Campbell would no doubt be a solid choice for the role and the firebrand Assistant District Attorney is a great part for any actress to sink their teeth into.