HBO brings back Project Greenlight after Starz produces a clone

Project Greenlight will return to HBO, where it orginated before moving to Bravo for its third and final season in 2005. Executive producers Matt Damon and Ben Affleck will return, but executive producer Chris Moore has his own Project Greenlight clone on Starz called The Chair that has already been filmed.

HBO just announced that the series will return, though no date was mentioned. The press release description makes it sound like the same format will be used,” calling the show “a revealing, uncensored look at the challenges facing a first-time director” that “begins with a digital competition, following the winner from pre-production and casting through principal photography and post-production.”

In a press release, Affleck said the show “was ahead of its time,” and Matt Damon noted that “careers have been launched and sustained as a direct result of this contest,” including horror writers Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan, who wrote many of the Saw films. He did not mention Shia LaBeouf, who will apparently not be returning. (He starred in the second season’s film, which you can now buy for 1 cent.)

Chris Moore and Starz’s version adds the twist of two directors producing a film with the same script and will air this fall.

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

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