Our new Batman, Ben Affleck, is set to make his television directing debut with The Middle Man. Which makes it no surprise that Fox’s new television series will be set in Boston. “Set in the 1960s, The Middle Man explores the unique relationship between Rudy MacAteer, an FBI agent charged with taking down the Italian-American mafia, and his confidential informant, Irish-American gangster Mickey Flood. As Rudy finds himself forced to bend the laws he pledged to enforce, the duo’s actions inadvertently give rise to the Irish-American mob in this timeless Boston crime saga.”
Ben Affleck will be directing the pilot episode of the new series scripted by Glenn Gordon Caron (Medium). If the show is chosen to run past its pilot, then Caron and Affleck will be tagged as executive producers. With Ben Affleck on board as director for the pilot, we’d be pretty surprised if this doesn’t go any further.
According to THR:
For Affleck and Matt Damon’s Pearl Street Films, The Middle Man joins a growing slate that includes Live By Night, Affleck’s next feature-directing vehicle. Other projects in the pipeline include historical adventure feature Race to the South Pole, and Whitey, a biopic about Boston mobster Whitey Bulger starring Damon, Affleck and Casey Affleck.
Affleck was originally introduced to the project back when he was filming The Town. Casting is set to begin in early 2014.