Ben Affleck to Direct Crime Drama Pilot at Fox

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'The Middle Man' will mark Affleck's television directorial debut

“Batman” biz aside, Ben Affleck is keeping busy in a different sector of the industry: television.

Affleck has partnered with Glenn Gordon Caron for Boston crime dramaThe Middle Man,” for which Fox has ordered a pilot, Variety confirmed.

Project, set in 1960s Beantown, centers on Rudy MacAteer, an FBI agent tasked with taking down the Mafia.

Caron penned the pilot and will serve as showrunner, while Affleck will try his hand at directing for TV for the first time, serving as helmer on the pilot.

Pair will exec produce through Affleck’s Pearl Street Films alongside Chay Carter.

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  1. justin2819 says:

    Good, now Ben can focus on this wonderful Fox TV drama and drop on out of the Batman Vs Superman movie that he has no business in. He should only direct and produce movies while being allowed to act only in his own movies.

  2. Andrew Lee says:

    Ben did a great job Directing The Town and Argo, the critical acclaim and awards Argo generated substantiates that. I have no personal knowledge of the events that transpired in Argo but found the film to be well made and entertaining, however I do have quite an extensive history and knowledge of some of the type of characters that were portrayed in The Town and have friends in Boston who actually know Anthony Shea and members of the No-Name gang who the film was based on. Ben completely captured the essence of what that life is and the tunnel vision that guys who are capable of such acts need to have to be able to carry out their activities. I think he will do a great job on this project as well, it seems he has certainly hit his stride as a Director and he should become more effective with each project. I’m hoping GK Films will have a hand in this production as well because I know both The Town and Argo were GK productions and I generally like most of the films released by them.

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