Get your scripts ready, kids. "Project Greenlight" is returning to HBO. The announcement was made on April 30, 2014 by Michael Lombardo, President of HBO Programming. Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, who created the concept 13 years ago, will be returning to serve as Executive Producers.
"We are delighted to reunite with Ben and Matt for a new season of 'Project Greenlight'," said Lombardo. "This unique show offers a fascinating look inside moviemaking that is unlike anything else on TV."
The reality TV documentary series originally aired for three seasons from 2001 to 2005 on HBO, a time when digital filmmaking was just beginning to find some real footing, and the concept of the independent filmmaker being able to shoot, edit, and upload a film was in its infancy.
"'Project Greenlight' was ahead of its time," notes Affleck. “Now that technology has caught up to the concept, we thought it was a perfect time to bring it back."
Filmmaking is a rapidly evolving beast in today's technological landscape. Every young filmmaker seems to have their own YouTube page or website. Pocket cameras and iPhones have turned everyone into the next Alfred Hitchcock. The competition should be fierce.
"A whole new generation of filmmakers has grown up sharing everything, and the next big director could be just an upload away," Affleck added. "It is really great having 'Project Greenlight' back at HBO."
"Project Greenlight" spans he entire filmmaking process, taking a revealing and uncensored look at the challenges facing a first-time director. Each season begins with a digital competition, then follows the winner throughout the grueling process, from pre-production and casting through principal photography and post-production.
The director is armed with a script and a team of industry professionals, but with cameras following their every movie, the director must learn to cope with pressure from the studio and producers, survive on-set politics while making every attempt to deliver a final product that is both on schedule and on budget.
If there is any doubt about the whether "Project Greenlight" achieves its goal of discovering a bright filmmaking mind, don't tell Damon.
"'Project Greenlight' works," Damon, the co-creator of the 'PGL' said about the show's return. "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.”
In addition to Affleck and Damon, he new season of "Project Greenlight" will be see the return of Marc Joubert, TJ Barrack, Perrin Chiles and Marshall Lewy, and Miramax’s Zanne Devine. The new season will produced for HBO by Adaptive Studios, Affleck and Damon’s Pearl Street Films, and Miramax.