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Way back in 2001, HBO greenlit a project from Matt Damon and Ben Affleck entitled Project Greenlight. The premise of this reality series was to follow an aspiring filmmaker as he put together and shot his own script. Viewers were given an inside look into the complex and often difficult world of independent filmmaking, and a new untapped talent was presented with the chance to make a name for himself.
The series originally lasted through three incarnations, with the final season airing on Bravo. While none of the filmmakers at the heart of each season went on to massive super stardom, the series did create several films and help to launch the career of Shia LeBeouf, who had a starring role in the second season’s film The Battle of Shaker Heights (LeBeouf was already starring on the Disney channel series Even Stevens at the time, but this was one of his first film roles).
Both Damn and Affleck will be back as executive producers for the series, as well as the film produced throughout the season. Not returning for the new series is their former producing partner Chris Moore, who is launching his own series The Chair for Starz, which will follow two directors as they attempt to bring their first film to the screen.