Guess he wants an Emmy to go along with his two Oscars.
Ben Affleck to Direct Mob Drama Pilot for Fox
Sep 13, 2013 07:22 PM ET
by Kate Stanhope
Acclaimed director Ben Affleck is taking his talents to the small screen.
The two-time Oscar winner is set to direct the pilot for the Fox period drama The Middle Man, the network announced Friday.
This marks the first TV directing gig for Affleck, who is also executive-producing the project with writer Glenn Gordon Caron.
The Middle Man is set in 1960s Boston and centers on Rudy MacAteer, an FBI agent tasked with taking down the Italian mafia, and his confidential informant, Irish-American mobster Mickey Flood. MacAteer’s efforts inadvertently give rise to the Irish mob, as he finds himself beginning to bend the rules he is governed by.
Casting is expected to begin right away, and production will kick off in early 2014. Deadline first reported the news.
Affleck, who recently made headlines when he was cast as Batmam in the upcoming Man of Steel sequel, has directed three films, including the Boston-set Gone Baby Gone and The Town. Caron is best known for creating Moonlighting and Medium. Chay Carter will also serve as an executive producer.
what actors you guys would prefer to play the lead on this show??? Some big screen star or some talented small name??
I would’ve loved to see Gabriel Byrne as a Mobster but he is involved with vikings right now, what a shame.
I wonder if he’ll play a part in the show, since I’m pretty sure he’s said when it comes to movies he much prefers directing when he’s acting as well. My guess is he probably won’t for the show it would be too big a time committment now that he’s back to being a legitimate movie star, whereas he can just direct a few episodes a season. I’d still be excited to see the show, and who knows maybe we’ve got the next egot winner? (not sure how he’d get a grammy)
I can’t help but to find this funny. He could’ve been at least nominated if he hadn’t dropped out of doing the “Homeland” pilot. Wives. Too bad this is on network. Stuff like this doesn’t even make it past the pilot in those parts.
Would he have done a better job with the Homeland pilot? As much as all of the awards for Argo were ridiculous, Argo may have been more stylized than the Homeland pilot. Then again, maybe Affleck would made it too Hollywood where Michael Cuesta’s competency was effective.
As for this show, I am getting a Paul Haggis and The Black Donnellys vibe from this right now. Plus, it is on Fox, so I would bet against its Emmy prospects. I cannot really take the big four seriously anymore. And as we all know, television is a writer-driven business. Glenn Gordon Caron’s last creation was Medium.