Ben Affleck & Matt Damon to Produce Comedy Pilot for CBS, Tom Papa to Star
Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are heading to television.
According to Deadline, CBS has picked up a put pilot, set to be produced by the duo, and starring comedian Tom Papa. Cathy Yuspa and Josh Goldsmith will co-write.
The project is "based on the stand-up of Papa and the experiences of Damon, the multi-camera comedy, titled More Time With Family, centers on a guy (Papa) who changes his career and gives up a life on the road to spend more time at home with his family - but when he gets there, he realizes no one asked him to do that."
Affleck and Damon reportedly sat down with a number of studios and writers to work on the pilot, with CBS ultimately winning the bidding war. Papa and Damon originally began working on the project during their time together on HBO's BEHIND THE CANDELABRA.
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Affleck is a two-time Academy Award winner who has been recognized for his work as a director, actor, writer and producer. Affleck most recently directed, produced and starred in the Academy Award-winning film for Best Motion Picture, "Argo," a fact-based drama about the then-classified mission to rescue six Americans trapped in Iran during the hostage crisis. Affleck made his directorial debut in 2007 with the feature "Gone Baby Gone," for which he also co-wrote the screenplay. In 2010, Affleck directed, co-wrote and starred in "The Town." The film was named among the top 10 films of the year by the AFI, and the cast won the National Board of Review Award for Best Ensemble. Affleck's upcoming projects include starring in David Fincher's "Gone Girl," as well as Zachary Snyder's "Batman vs. Superman." He also will star in and direct "Live by Night," based on the Dennis Lehane novel, and is developing a biopic about notorious mobster Whitey Bulger, in which he and Matt Damon will star. Affleck first came to prominence in 1997 with the acclaimed drama "Good Will Hunting," which he starred in and co-wrote with Damon. The two won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, as well as a Golden Globe Award and Humanitas Prize.
Damon is an Academy Award-winning actor, screenwriter and producer whose extensive film credits include Good Will Hunting, which he co-wrote and starred in with Ben Affleck. Damon and Affleck won the Academy Award and Golden Globe in 1997 for Best Original Screenplay. Additionally, he's appeared in Saving Private Ryan, The Talented Mr. Ripley, The Brothers Grimm, Ocean's Eleven, Ocean's Twelve, Ocean's Thirteen, The Departed, Syriana, The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatum, Invictus, True Grit, The Adjustment Bureau, Contagion, We Bought a Zoo, Promised Land, and most Steven Soderburgh's Behind the Candelabra, opposite Michael Douglas. He most recently was seen in Elysium, opposite Jodie Foster.
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