Such are the differences between feature film and television production, Ben Affleck is going to find time to shoot the pilot for a news series after he’s done with Gone Girl but before he suits up as Batman.
The show in question is called The Middle Man and has been created by Glenn Gordon Caron, most recently best known for Medium but, back in the 80s, the guiding hand behind Moonlighting, arguably one of the very best TV shows to ever come out if the US.
The Middle Man is to be set in 1960s Boston and, according to the press release:
explores the unique relationship between Rudy MacAteer, an FBI agent charged with taking down the Italian-American mafia, and his confidential informant, Irish-American gangster Mickey Flood.
I don’t see any references to a real life Rudy McAteer or Mickey Flood in My First Big Book Of Boston Crime, so I think they’re fictionalised. Still, as the show goes on they’re going to bring about the all too real Irish-American Boston mob.
The show’s concept apparently dates back to 2009, so by the time cameras get rolling early in 2014, The Middle Man will be into his fifth year. I take back what I was saying about TV working on fast schedules.
Should the pilot get picked up, expect to see The Middle Man on TV this time next year.
Oh, and before I go, here’s another quote from the press release for you. Just for fun.
Affleck’s upcoming projects include starring in David Fincher’s Gone Girl, as well as Zachary Snyder’s Batman vs. Superman.