Ben Affleck to direct Fox crime drama pilot of ‘The Middle Man’

by Martin

Ben Affleck

Ben Affleck may be the new Batman but he’s still keeping other projects going on the side. Other than his acting Ben Affleck also does a little bit of directing.

Most notably Ben Affleck starred in and directed 2012 movie ‘Argo’ and now it looks like he’s set to make his television directorial debut for a new crime drama.

‘The Middle Man’ has been ordered by Fox and was written by ‘Moonlighting’ creator Glenn Gordon Caron.

The show is set in the 1960s in Boston and will follow Rudy MacAteer – an FBI Agent. MacAteer is challenged with bringing down the Italian Mafia and his informant Irish-American gangster Mickey Flood.

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Things don’t go as planned however when MacAteer’s work to bring down the Italian mob actually turns into the creation of an Irish mob and he finds himself working against the laws he is bound by.

If the show is picked up for a full series then Glenn Gordon Caron will serve as the showrunner while Affleck and Caron will also executive produce through Caron’s Pearl Street Films.

Filming is expected to start in early 2014 and casting is expected to begin immediately.

CEO of Warner Bros Kevin Tsujihara spoke about Ben Affleck who has recently been cast as the new Batman – which created an uproar with a large part of the internet:

”Ben is perfect for the vision Zack has for that character. The fact that you saw such a passionate response in the blogosphere is really kind of a testament to the love that people have for this character,”


Tsujihara also spoke about how Affleck will portray Batman as “tired and weary”.

What do you think? Does this sound like a TV show you’d be interested in watching? What about Ben Affleck as the new Batman? Has your opinion changed if you had one? Will he do the role justice?

Let us know your thoughts as always in the comments below or on Twitter and Facebook.

If you haven’t seen Argo – which Ben Affleck starred in and directed then watch the official trailer below.

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