Fox Broadcasting Company (Fox) has given a pilot production commitment to The Middle Man, a new drama produced by Fox and Pearl Street Films, and executive-produced by Academy Award winner Ben Affleck and Emmy Award nominee Glenn Gordon Caron (Medium, Moonlighting), who wrote the pilot script. Ben Affleck is attached to direct the pilot. Pearl Street Films' Chay Carter will also serve as an executive producer on the project. Production is scheduled to begin in early 2014.
Set in 1960s Boston, The Middle Man explores the unique relationship between Rudy MacAteer, an FBI agent charged with taking down the Italian-American mafia, and his confidential informant, Irish-American gangster Mickey Flood. As Rudy finds himself forced to bend the laws he pledged to enforce, the duo's actions inadvertently give rise to the Irish-American mob in this timeless Boston crime saga.
The project dates back to 2009, when Glenn Gordon Caron and Ben Affleck met actor and screenwriter Michael Yebba and screenwriter Emilio Mauro during production of The Town. The current script is based on a story developed by Glenn Gordon Caron, Michael Yebba and Emilio Mauro.
Glenn Gordon Caron created the groundbreaking television series Moonlighting, which garnered 42 Emmy Award nominations, nine Golden Globe Award nominations, six Writers Guild of America (WGA) Award nominations and four Directors Guild of America Award nominations. Glenn Gordon Caron received the WGA Award for writing the series. In 2005, he returned to television one more time with Medium, for which he wrote and directed the pilot episode. The series ran seven seasons on two different networks.
The Middle Man is produced by FOX and Pearl Street Films. The pilot is written by Glenn Gordon Caron. Ben Affleck, Glenn Gordon Caron and Chay Carter will serve as executive producers. Michael Yebba and Emilio Mauro are co-executive producers. Ben Affleck is attached to direct the pilot.