City on a Hill, an ’90s crime drama from executive producers Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, has received a pilot order from Showtime. The pilot will be directed and executive produced by Gavin O’Connor (The Accountant) and is written by Chuck MacLean (Boston Strangler) based on an idea from Affleck and MacLean.
According to Deadline:
“City On a Hill is set in Boston in the early 90s when the city was rife with violent criminals emboldened by local law enforcement agencies, in which corruption and racism was the norm, until it all suddenly changed. The drama is a fictional account of what was called the ‘Boston Miracle’ and centers on an African-American District Attorney who comes in from Brooklyn advocating change and the unlikely alliance he forms with a corrupt yet venerated FBI veteran who is invested in maintaining the status quo. Together they take on a family of armored car robbers from Charlestown in a case that grows to encompass and eventually upend Boston’s city-wide criminal justice system.”
Originally Affleck was meant to direct the pilot, but pulled in O’Connor, who did the pilot for the FX series The Americans. This is the first pilot order Showtime has given in 2017, more recently giving straight-to-series deals to limited dramas like the return of Twin Peaks, Purity with Daniel Craig, and the Benedict Cumberbatch project Patrick Melrose.