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Ben Affleck, Matt Damon's Futuristic Drama Nabs Syfy Pilot Order (Exclusive)
Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are mapping out a future at Syfy.
The NBCUniversal-owned cable network has handed out a pilot order to the duo's drama, Incorporated, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The espionage thriller is set in a future where companies have unlimited power and tells the story of executive Ben Larson, who is forced to change his identity in order to infiltrate a cut-throat corporate world to save the woman he loves. In the process, he'll take on the entire system — with deadly consequences.
Affleck and Damon will executive produce via their Pearl Street Films banner. Brothers David and Alex Pastor (Selfless, The Last Days) will pen the pilot and direct the CBS Television Studios and Universal Cable Productions entry. Ted Humphrey (The Good Wife) will serve as showrunner and executive producer, via his overall deal with CBSTVS. Damon, Affleck and Pearl Street president Jennifer Todd are also attached to executive produce. Pearl Street creative executive Margaret Chernin is on board as associate producer. The drama is described as having elements of suspense, action, a dark sense of humor and taking viewers into a world where ethical boundaries have been completely redrawn.
"Incorporated provides us distinct insight into a world dictated by our decisions today," Damon and Affleck said in a joint statement of the drama that reflects contemporary trends including the dismantling of the public sector. "Viewers will delve into the intricacies of our future, one that we are constantly warned of, but as a society have not yet explored. We believe this is an important and timely story to tell and can think of no one better to guide us into this than David, Alex and Ted."
Added Syfy president Dave Howe: "Incorporated is an electrifying example of what science fiction does best: holding a mirror to present realities and projecting forward to a recognizable future in which we face the impact and consequences of our actions."
For Pearl Street, Incorporated — which was first put into development in October — marks the shingle's first scripted cable foray and second scripted overall. Last year, Fox handed out a pilot order to drama The Middle Man, with Affleck set to direct. The project was rolled to accommodate Affleck's film commitment to Batman v. Superman. The company is producing HBO's revival of Project Greenlight and is in preproduction on feature Live by Night, which was written and directed by leading man Affleck.
For Syfy, Incorporated arrives as the cabler is focusing more on science fiction fare a la Battlestar Galactica. The cabler has a roster of new dramas including Dominion, 12 Monkeys, Olympus, Z Nation, The Expanse, Childhood's End and Hunters joining returning series Defiance, Haven and Helix, among others.
On the pilot side, Incorporated joins the network's adaptation of The Magicians and high-profile development of David Goyer's Krypton.