Philip Seymour Hoffman Developing Drama Series at HBO

9:29 AM PST 03/16/2011 by Marisa Guthrie
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"Upstate" will center on a pink-slipped family man who takes a job at a prison.

Philip Seymour Hoffman is developing a drama series for HBO. Upstate, from the actor’s Cooper’s Town Productions and Entertainment One, centers on Roy Perkins, who gets laid-off and then relocates his family to rural America to take a job as a correctional officer in a new privately run for-profit prison.

“As the town and his family prosper, Roy encounters conflict and danger inside and outside the prison walls,” according to the logline. Brett C. Leonard and Bob Glaudini wrote the script and will executive produce with Hoffman, Emily Ziff and eOne’s Michael Rosenberg, who is also an executive producer on HBO’s other downsized drama Hung.

Hoffman starred in the HBO TV movie Empire Falls. He will not have an on-camera role on Upstate, however.

The network has several high-profile series currently in development, including the Julia Louis-Dreyfus Washington, D.C.-set Veep and a cable news-set drama from recent Oscar winner Aaron Sorkin.

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