Matt Damon and Ben Affleck's new crime series has a received a pilot order at Showtime.
Based on an original idea from Affleck, City on the Hill is a fictional account of the 'Boston Miracle' police operation that helped calm the streets in the 1990s.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the series is set at a time when "Boston was rife with violent criminals emboldened by local law enforcement agencies in which corruption and racism was the norm — and then it all suddenly changes. At the center is an African-American district attorney who comes in from Brooklyn advocating change. He forms an unlikely alliance 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 citywide criminal justice system."
Affleck and Damon are producing the series along with Jennifer Todd and Logan director James Mangold. The Accountant director Gavin O'Connor will direct the pilot.
It's good to see Affleck and Damon head back to their roots in Boston. Arguably their best work to date (both together and apart) has been set there.
Should the pilot go to series, it would join the illustrious list of heavy hitting dramas at Showtime which includes Homeland, Billions, The Affair and Ray Donovan.