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Syfy Greenlights Matt Damon & Ben Affleck Thriller to Pilot

Syfy has ordered “Incorporated,” a pilot from Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s Pearl Street Productions, the cabler announced Monday.

The futuristic espionage thriller is also produced by CBS Television Studios and Universal Cable Productions.

The pilot, set in a future where companies have unlimited power, follows an executive, Ben Larson, who’s forced to change his identity in order to infiltrate a cut-throat corporate world to save the woman he loves. While doing so, he will take on the entire system with deadly consequences.

The dystopian future of the series will explore contemporary trends — the growing influence of corporations and private interests in Washington; the slow but steady dismantling of the public sector; and the fact that an ever-shrinking minority holds an ever-large amount of the overall wealth — bringing viewers into a future world where the ethical boundaries that we know have been completely redrawn.

Syfy is working with the best talent in the business to develop the most provocative and smart science fiction programming,” said Dave Howe, president, Syfy. “‘Incorporated’ is an electrifying example of what science fiction does best: holding a mirror to present realities and projecting forward to a recognizable future in which we face the impact and consequences of our actions.”

“Incorporated” comes from creators David and Alex Pastor (“Selfless,” “The Last Days”), who wrote the pilot and are set to direct. Ted Humphrey (“The Good Wife”) will serve as exec producer and showrunner, with Damon, Affleck and Jennifer Todd also exec producing. Pearl Street Film’s Margaret Chernin will serve as associate producer.

“‘Incorporated’ provides us distinct insight into a world dictated by our decisions today,” Damon and Affleck commented. “Viewers will delve into the intricacies of our future, one that we are constantly warned of but as a society have not yet explored. We believe this is an important and timely story to tell and can think of no one better to guide us into this than David, Alex and Ted.”

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