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‘Project Greenlight’ gets greenlit again

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HBO is resuscitating “Project Greenlight,” the series produced by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon about first-time film directors. The show, which aired for three seasons from 2001-03, made for reasonably compelling TV. It included a competition to find a director and a behind-the-scenes view of the filmmaking process. “ ‘Project Greenlight’ was ahead of its time,” Affleck said in a statement. “Now that technology has caught up to the concept, we thought it was a perfect time to bring it back. A whole new generation of filmmakers has grown up sharing everything, and the next big director could be just an upload away.” Added Damon: “ ‘Project Greenlight’ works — 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.” (Not mentioned, of course, are all those whose careers in Hollywood haven’t panned out.) The new show will follow a first-time director from pre-production and casting to principal photography and post-production.

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