Aspiring directors, get your cameras rolling! HBO announced today that it is re-teaming with Ben Affleck and Matt Damon on a new season of "Project Greenlight."
It's been nearly a decade since "Project Greenlight" was last on television. The series, which was created and produced by Affleck and Damon, followed a selected filmmaker as he directed his first feature film. "Project Greenlight" ran for two seasons on HBO, in 2002 and 2003, then for a third season on Bravo in 2005.
"Project Greenlight was ahead of its time. Now that technology has caught up to the concept, we thought it was a perfect time to bring it back," Affleck said. "A whole new generation of filmmakers has grown up sharing everything, and the next big director could be just an upload away."
For the fourth season, a digital competition will yield a winner who directs a "Hollywood-vetted" script. And just as before, cameras will follow the director as he goes through the stages of casting, shooting, and editing.
"Careers have been launched and sustained as a direct result of this contest. Pete Jones, John Gulager, Patrick Melton, and Marcus Dunstan are just a few of the PGL alums who've gone on to do great things in Hollywood, and Ben and I are really proud of that," Damon said.
Maybe this time, Affleck can sprinkle some of his Best Picture Oscar-winning magic around.
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