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.”