[TV] Ben Affleck Attached to Direct and Executive Produce The Middle Man Pilot for Fox
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 09.14.2013
A period crime drama...
Fox has ordered the pilot for a new drama, The Middle Man, which will be produced by Fox and Pearl Street Films. The show will be executive-produced by Academy Award winner Ben Affleck and Emmy Award nominee Glenn Gordon Caron, who also wrote the pilot script.
Affleck is currently attached to direct the pilot for the show. Pearl Street Films' Chay Carter will also serve as an executive producer on the project. Production is slated to begin in early 2014.
The show is set in 1960's Boston and explores the relationship between Rudy MacAteer, an FBI agent trying to take down the Italian-American mafia, and his informant, Irish-American gangster Mickey Flood. Rudy finds himself forced to bend the laws he has pledged to enforce, and the duo's actions inadvertently give rise to the Irish-American mob in this Boston crime saga.
The project goes back to 2009, when Carter and Affleck met actor and screenwriter Michael Yebba and screenwriter Emilio Mauro during production of The Town. The script is based on a story by Caron, Yebba, and Maruo.