Based on the novel of the same name by John Grisham, 'A Time to Kill' saw the actor play Jake Brigance, a lawyer defending a black man accused of murdering two white men who raped his ten-year-old daughter.

John Grisham novel 'A Time for Mercy' continues to cover the career of the Brigance character.

According to Deadline, HBO have acquired the rights to the sequel.

They're developing it as a limited series and McConaughey is in final talks to reprise the role of Brigance.

Grisham's 'A Time for Mercy' is actually his third book featuring the defense attorney, with 'Sycamore Row' being the second in the series.

'A Time for Mercy' hit shelves in 2020 and it's being said that when news of its publication came around, McConaughey expressed interest in returning to the role that helped launch his career.

In the book, Brigance finds himself in a deeply divided trial.

The court appoints him attorney for Drew Gamble, a timid 16-year-old boy accused of murdering a local deputy.

According to sources, the series would be eight to ten episodes.

Lorenzo di Bonaventura, who served as Warner Bros. exec in the 1990s when 'A Time to Kill' was developed, is on to produce.

Sources say HBO is meeting with writers to pen the series.

There's no director attached at this time. Thus it'll be a while before production kicks off.

Matthew McConaughey previously worked with HBO on the hit series 'True Detective'.