Ben Affleck and Matt Damon producing Boston-set pilot for Showtime

Danny Woods
July 28, 2017

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck were catapulted to fame with the release of Good Will Hunting, and after some time away creatively, they're headed back to their MA hometown for their next project.

The prospective new series, "City on a Hill", is based on an idea by Affleck and Damon, and focuses on Boston in the early 1990s.

While the network has announced no cast members, the series is a fictional account of what was known as the "Boston Miracle".

Gavin O'Connor, James Mangold, and Jennifer Todd from Pearl Street Films will also serve as executive producers.

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According to Variety, Showtime has ordered City on a Hill to series, with Affleck and Damon both attached behind the scenes. In the early '90s, corruption and racism was the norm in Boston, until an African-American district attorney from Brooklyn arrives in the city, advocating change. But he ends up forming an alliance with a corrupt F.B.I. veteran who wants the city of Boston to follow the status quo. The two begin by taking on a family of armored auto robbers, Variety reports.

"We are excited to be a part of this project with Showtime and to partner with Gavin again", Todd continued.

He added, "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", Connor said. Affleck is always at his best in Boston based dramas, both in front of and behind the camera, and as long as Damon can restrain himself from explaining diversity to people of color, this should be a home run.

For Pearl Street, City on a Hill marks the company's second scripted TV foray following Syfy's short-lived drama Incorporated, which was cancelled after one season.

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