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

Actor, director and screenwriter Ben Affleck (R) and actor Matt Damon attend the premiere of "Live By Night" in Los Angeles on January 9. The pair are working on a new Boston-set show for Showtime. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI

July 27 (UPI) — Showtime says it has ordered “City on a Hill,” a one-hour drama pilot set in 1990s Boston and executive produced by lifelong friends Ben Affleck and Matt Damon.

The pilot was written by Chuck MacLean and is to be directed by Gavin O’Connor.

“‘City on a Hill’ is a gritty thriller about severe corruption and gangs, the type of series that takes you back and centers around the crime-riddled streets of Boston in the early ’90s,” executive producer Jennifer Todd said in a statement Thursday. “We are excited to be a part of this project with Showtime and to partner with Gavin again.”

“Chuck wrote a pressure-cooker of a script steeped in the tribal codes of a Shakespeare play — family, blood, betrayal, honor. 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,” added O’Connor.

Affleck and Damon — whose real-life roots are in Boston — won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for penning 1997’s “Good Will Hunting.”


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