Lionsgate already has ABC drama series in the works

Lionsgate is working on a feature sequel to “The Lincoln Lawyer,” four months after the mini-major launched development on an ABC drama series based on the film.

Lionsgate vice chairman Michael Burns made the disclosure Tuesday during an interview on CNBC,” saying, “‘The Lincoln Lawyer’ was a very successful movie for us, and we’re developing that with ABC. We’re going to do a sequel on ‘Lincoln Lawyer’ as well.”

The mini-major is co-producing the series with Lakeshore Entertainment, which was also behind the film. “Lawyer” screenwriter John Romano and Michael Connelly, the novelist who created the property adapted to film, have been tapped to co-write the pilot script and exec produce along with Joel Gotler and Lakeshore’s Gary Lucchesi and Tom Rosenberg.

“The Lincoln Lawyer” starred Matthew McConaughey as a criminal defense attorney who does business from the back of a chauffeured Lincoln. “Lawyer” was released in March and brought in $58 million domestically.

Protagonist Michael “Mickey” Haller is a character in five different novels by Connelly.

Burns touted Lionsgate’s upcoming “The Hunger Games,” opening March 23 as the first of four films. He did not offer details about Lionsgate’s attempts to merge with Summit Entertainment beyond saying, “Consolidation makes sense in the industry.”

Burns also said that the “Saw” franchise — which has seen seven titles, the last being 2010’s “Saw 3D” — will probably return. “I’m sure someday you’ll see ‘Saw’ back in the picture,” he said.

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