By Ramzi De Coster | Indiewire September 16, 2013 at 11:31AM
Ben Affleck will be making his TV directing debut at Fox. The network has announced a pilot production order for Pearl Street Films' new period crime drama "The Middle Man," set in the actor/director's beloved Boston.
"The Middle Man" explores the mob dynamics of 1960s Boston through the eyes of Rudy MacAteer, an FBI Agent on a mission to take down the Italian-American mafia, and Mickey Flood, an Irish-American gangster turned informant. The project, itself dating back to 2009, comes with considerable creative support.
Academy Award-winner Ben Affleck ("Argo," "The Town") will executive produce as well as direct the pilot while Pearl Street Films' Chay Charter will also serve as executive producer and Emmy Award-nominee Glenn Gordon Caron ("Medium," "Moonlighting") is in charge of the pilot script.
Caron's script is based on a story developed together with actor-screenwriter Michael Yebba ("Ordinary Man") and screenwriter Emilio Mauro ("God Only Knows") during production for "The Town." "The Middle Man" is among several upcoming projects by Pearl Street Films including Affleck's "Live By Night," and a Boston Mobster biopic about Whitey Bulger starring Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Casey Affleck.