Seems Ben Affleck's planning to be all up in our faces in more ways than we thought for the foreseeable future. The Oscar-winner and future Batman won huge acclaim for his second feature directing gig, 2010's Boston crime drama The Town and now he's flexing those crime-directing muscles by making a move to TV: It was recently announced that Affleck's gearing up to direct the pilot for a Fox show of the same genre.
Written by creator and showrunner Glenn Gordon Caron, the executive producer behind Moonlighting and Medium, the pilot for Fox's The Middle Man will be Affleck's small-screen directorial debut.
Affleck will also produce the series through his Pearl Street Films, and the series seems to fit his M.O. pretty well, as it's sure to feature heavy Boston accents and some good ol' fashioned crime-doing and crime-solving:
Described as a classic Boston crime story, it is set in the 1960s and tells the story of Rudy MacAteer, an FBI agent charged with taking down the Italian mafia, and his confidential informant, Irish-American gangster Mickey Flood. MacAteer’s efforts inadvertently give rise to the Irish mob, as he finds himself bending the laws he is governed by.
A period piece? Irish-Americans? A character named Mickey?
Sounds absolutely Boston-tastic to us.