Tommy Lee Jones exits ‘Lincoln Lawyer’

Director/co-star cites creative differences

Tommy Lee Jones has bowed out of “The Lincoln Lawyer.”

Jones had been set to direct and co-star with Matthew McConaughey in Lakeshore Entertainment’s adaptation of the Michael Connelly novel. But Jones has left the project over creative differences on the script.

Lakeshore, which has a script by John Romano, will look to lock in another director in hopes of beginning production next spring.

Jones is in post-production on HBO’s “The Sunset Limited,” a telepic based on the Cormac McCarthy play that Jones directed. He stars with Samuel L. Jackson. He’s also readying an adaptation of Ernest Hemingway’s “Islands in the Stream.” On the bigscreen, Jones most recently wrapped the John Wells-directed “The Company Men” with Ben Affleck and Kevin Costner.