Ben Affleck and Matt Damon Reviving PROJECT GREENLIGHT at HBO

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Project Greenlight is coming back, folks.  In the midst of the reality TV boom of the late 1990s/early 2000s, HBO got in on the fun with a filmmaker-centric reality show called Project Greenlight.  The show offered an inside look at the filmmaking process, as a contest chose a director and writer to bring an original feature film to fruition.  The brainchild of Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, the series ran from 2001-2003 on HBO and then for a third season on Bravo in 2005.  After nearly a decade off the air, though, HBO, Affleck, and Damon are reviving the series for a new season.  Hit the jump for more.

project_greenlightPer THR, Affleck notes that Project Greenlight was ahead of its time, and they figured this was an opportune moment to bring it back “now that technology has caught up to the concept.”  Indeed, the advent of digital filmmaking has made it easier than ever for one to create, shoot, and distribute original films, and it’ll be fascinating to see how Project Greenlight incorporates the tech and internet into its contest format.

During its run, the series was an invaluable resource for burgeoning cinephiles, as it offered a candid look at the filmmaking process from inception to production.  It also launched a few careers, including Saw franchise scribe and The Collector director Marcus Dunstan, Hall Pass writer Pete Jones, and Piranha 3DD director John Gulager.

No timetable is given for when Project Greenlight will return, but Affleck and Damon will be back onboard as executive producers.  Sadly, no mention of Project Greenlight standout Chris Moore.

This isn’t the only television project that Affleck and Damon are working on.  The duo have a pilot set up at CBS called More Time With Family starring Alyson Hannigan.  Should CBS order it to series, Affleck and Damon will act as executive producers.




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  • enderandrew

    I think this is fantastic news! I was just thinking of this the other day.

  • The Destroyer

    Excellent, this really was an ahead of it’s time series, and is awesome that it will be coming back. Also, Affleck and Damon have really grown as actors/directors/producers since then, so they will be able to bring this experience to make the season better.

  • Fritz

    Awesome news! One of my favorite shows – young Shia Labeouf was all over S2, may have been responsible for getting him noticed, followed by Transformers, followed by his career…take that as you will

  • GrimReaper07

    Never heard of this series! It sounds pretty great.

  • Mrl72

    Hope Moore comes back as well as red haired Jeff (?).

  • junierizzle

    Glad this is back. The films that came from it weren’t very good but the show was fascinating. The thing I loved about it was they chose people they felt wood make the best film, not the best subjects for the show.

  • Gabe

    Chris Moore is working on his own sort of Project Greenlight show right now called “The Chair” and he’s working with Zachary Quinto. I think it’s pretty safe to say that Moore, Affleck, and Damon won’t be appearing on each other’s shows.

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