Ben Affleck & Matt Damon to Produce Undercover Police Drama The Shadows

Posted 2017/10/14 0 0

Paramount Pictures is teaming up with Ben Affleck and Matt Damon to produce the 1840s-Boston-set undercover police drama The Shadows.


THR reports that The Shadows is being set up at Paramount, with Matt Damon and Ben Affleck on-board as producers through their Pearl Street Films banner. Chris Bremner pitched the story to the studio and will write the script for the film.

Based on the Matthew Pearl’s Boston Globe Magazine article "Into the Shadows," the project will tell the story of the country's first undercover officers, which were first organized in Boston, the hometown of Damon and Affleck.

In the late 1840s, Boston was a growing town of almost 140,000 but only had 30 police officers and 150 patrolmen, according to the account. With crime rampant, the mayor gave the nod to the creation of a task force known as "The Shadows," the first police force to work with criminal informants, wear plain clothes and go undercover. The group revolutionized law enforcement as it blurred the lines between right and wrong amidst the xenophobia and hysteria of the nation’s first great immigration wave.

No director is attached to the project at this time, and it remains to be seen if this could be the next directorial project for Ben Affleck. While he's best known as an actor, he is an accomplished filmmaker as well, directing hits such as Gone Baby Gone, The Town, Argo and most recently Live By Night. He is also attached to direct Witness for the Prosecution, although it isn't clear when production may begin on that project. It's also possible that Matt Damon could step up and direct this project, since he's been looking to make his directorial debut for quite some time now. He was once set to make Manchester-By-The-Sea his directing debut, but that ended up being directed by Kenneth Lonergan. He was also set to direct an international thriller called A Foreigner, but Alfonso Gomez-Rejon is now set to direct that project.

Earlier this week, Affleck and Damon tried to contain the potential damage to their careers and reputations because of their Weinstein association. Both expressed shock, horror and anger over the allegations, first made in the New York Times on Oct. 5, then expanded in stories in the Times and in the New Yorker Tuesday.

But many found it hard to buy Affleck and Damon’s claims that they didn’t know something about how Weinstein allegedly preyed on actresses and other women he worked with. People were also skeptical of the two given that it took them nearly a week to respond to the first story in the Times.