July 23, 2016  
Home > News > TV

Ben Affleck's Busy Schedule Brings FOX Pilot 'The Middle Man' to a Halt

January 25, 2014 (5:43 am) GMT
The 'Gone Girl' star, who was set to direct the drama pilot, has dropped out of the project due to scheduling issues with the Batman vs. Superman movie.

isn't going to make his TV directing debut anytime soon. The Academy Award- and Golden Globe-winning screenwriter has pulled out from the directing duty for FOX's pilot "The Middle Man".

According to Deadline, the 41-year-old actor/director bailed out due to a scheduling conflict with Warner Bros.' "", in which he's going to play Batman. He reportedly also has other film commitments in the spring, when "The Middle Man" pilot is scheduled to shoot.

His unavailability has now put the TV project on hold. FOX's execs are said considering two options, hiring a new helmer and continuing with casting and shooting the pilot after a short break or waiting until after Affleck completes filming the Batman vs. Superman movie in the summer.

Affleck is still on board to serve as executive producer on "Middle Man" alongside Chay Carter. The crime drama series is set in the 1960s' Boston and explores the unique relationship between Rudy MacAteer, an FBI agent charged with taking down the Italian-American mafia, and his confidential informant, Irish-American gangster Mickey Flood. MacAteer's efforts inadvertently give rise to the Irish mob, as he finds himself bending the laws he is governed by.

TODAY'S HEADLINES

  1. Comic-Con: 'Game of Thrones' Teases Season 7 With Production Video
  2. 'Kong: Skull Island' Poster Reveals First Look at the Beastly King
  3. Amber Rose Defends Kanye West Amid Taylor Swift Feud, but Begs Him to 'Stay out of the News'
  4. Comic-Con: Check Out 'The Walking Dead' Season 7 and 'Fear the Walking Dead' Season 2B Trailers
  5. 'The Bachelor' Star Chris Soules' Ex Whitney Bischoff Is Engaged Again
  6. Comic-Con: 'Scream Queens' Stars Share Details of Season 2, Colton Haynes' Cast in Mystery Role
  7. Dakota Johnson Channels 'Fifty Shades' Character in This Provocative Photo
  8. Celine Dion Slays Her Impressions of Rihanna, Cher and Sia on 'Tonight Show'