It's no secret that Ben Affleck and Matt Damon have one hella strong bromance. It's also no secret that there's a third party involved in their ongoing bro affair: their mutual hometown of Boston. The two actors have starred in more than a few Boston-based shows and movies during their careers, The Town, Good Will Hunting, Gone Baby Gone, and The Departed among them.
So, who better to executive produce an upcoming TV series about Boston than the Hollywood buddies who love it the most? Affleck and Damon are teaming up to work on City on a Hill, a new drama series for Showtime. The series is will be set in the '90s and is based on the Boston miracle, a length of time when not a single Boston teen was killed following more than a decade of heavy gang violence.
Showtime announces new pilot EP'd by Ben Affleck & Matt Damon, and directed by Gavin O’Connor about crime & corruption in early 90s Boston pic.twitter.com/tJWzak1eku— Jarett Wieselman (@JarettSays) July 27, 2017
The show will focus on "an African-American District Attorney who comes in from Brooklyn advocating change and the unlikely alliance he forms with a corrupt yet venerated FBI veteran who is invested in maintaining the status quo," according to a release. It's written by Chuck MacLean, a relative newcomer who's also working on the script for the upcoming thriller Boston Strangler. There's a theme here. Gavin O'Connor, known for directing Warrior and The Accountant, is joining Affleck and Damon as a producer.
"Chuck wrote a pressure-cooker of a script steeped in the tribal codes of a Shakespeare play — family, blood, betrayal, honor," O'Connor said in a statement. "His take on the ties that bind is handled with a deep honesty and insight. I see the show as a brawling thriller — and an intimate family drama — played out on the rough streets of Boston."
Our only disappointment here is that there's no news yet about whether Affleck or Damon will star in the series. We can only hope.
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