Ben Affleck To Direct ‘The Middle Man’ Pilot For Fox

While you were worried about who would play Batman in the Man of Steel sequel, Ben Affleck was busy inking a deal with the folks at Fox.

The Argo director has reportedly been hired to tackle the pilot for the upcoming television series The Middle Man. In addition to helming the first episode, Affleck will serve as executive producer.

The proposed crime drama will reportedly unfold on the streets of Boston back in the 60s. The story follows the rise of the Irish-American mob. According to Entertainment Weekly, executive producer Glenn Gordon Caron will also provide the script for the pilot.

Ben Affleck isn’t the only Argo alum who’s attached to The Middle Man. Executive producer Chay Carter will also help bring the project to the small screen. Production on the series is expected to begin early next year.

Coming Soon reports that the project first started coming together back in 2009. Ben Affleck and Chay Carter reportedly met up with writers Michael Yebba and Emilio Mauro while shooting the acclaimed crime drama The Town.

The original story for The Middle Man was conceived by Yebba, Mauro, and Glenn Gordon Caron. It would appear that the project is finally starting to build up steam.

The Fox pilot and the highly-anticipated Man of Steel sequel aren’t the only things keeping Affleck busy these days. The actor is also attached to star in director David Fincher’s adaptation of author Gillian Flynn’s novel Gone Girl.

The award-winning filmmaker said earlier this year that Live by Night will serve as his directorial follow-up to Argo. Not only will he script and helm the film, Affleck will also star. In order to make the movie, he was forced to drop out of the upcoming Kristen Stewart comedy Focus.

Are you a fan of Ben Affleck? What do you think about the director tackling the pilot for Fox’s upcoming crime drama The Middle Man?

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