Matt Damon, Ben Affleck Team for Global Water Crisis Movie at HBO

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HBO is expanding its relationship with Matt Damon and Ben Affleck.

The premium cable network is teaming with Damon and Affleck to develop TV movie Thirst, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. (The duo are not slated to appear on-screen.)

The HBO Films entry is described as a multilayered story set against the backdrop of the global water crisis.

Damon and Affleck will exec produce via their Pearl Street Films banner alongside Elliott Lester (Nightingale), who will direct. Charles Leavitt (Blood Diamond, Warcraft) will pen the script and co-exec produce alongside Pearl Street exec Margaret Chernin. Josh Weinstock (Nightingale), Pearl Street president Jennifer Todd and exec vp development Drew Vinton are also attached to exec produce.

"We are extremely pleased to continue our collaboration with Matt and Ben. As two of today's most gifted filmmakers, they are once again using their cinematic talents to bring awareness to this pressing global issue," HBO programming president Michael Lombardo said.

Added Damon and Affleck in a joint statement: "We are thrilled to be working with HBO on this project; we cannot think of a better partner to handle this type of film. Both Elliott and Chuck are creative forces who bring an extraordinary vision to the material and we are very excited to be a part of it."

The deal expands HBO's relationship with Damon and Affleck, who exec produce Project Greenlight for the premium cable network. Thirst also marks the duo's latest scripted collaboration. The longtime friends are also exec producing Syfy espionage thriller Incorporated.