EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros and Team Downey have set Bill Dubuque to write a new draft of The Judge, a dramedy that’s planned as a star vehicle for Robert Downey Jr., with David Dobkin directing. The drama centers on a big-city lawyer who returns home after the death of his mother to learn that his estranged father, a judge, is suspected of murder. He sets out to discover the truth and along the way reconnects with the family he walked away from years before. Downey Jr. and Susan Downey are producing with Dobkin. The script was written first by Nick Schenk.
Dubuque takes the job after scripting The Headhunter’s Calling, a drama about a corporate headhunter who struggles to juggle his work and family life, and The Accountant, an action/thriller which was on the 2011 Blacklist. Bill is represented by Paradigm and Zero Gravity Management.
Downey has The Avengers coming and will next make Iron Man 3 and has also been rumored as possible for a team-up with Tim Burton on Pinocchio at Warner Bros, while Dobkin’s Arthur & Lancelot has regained steam at the studio and is casting up.