Remember Project Greenlight? The three-season series gave first-time filmmakers the chance to direct a feature film. Hetero life partners Ben Affleck and Matt Damon produced the project along with Good Will Hunting producer Chris Moore. EW reports that Moore has devised a new filmmaking competition show for Starz. It will be the network’s first original unscripted series, running 10 episodes long, airing this fall.
The Chair will follow two directors as they bring their first feature to the big screen — but each moviemaker will be working with the same screenplay. That story is a coming-of-age comedy called How Soon Is Now by Dan Schoffer — about college freshman coming home for Thanksgiving and “fumbling towards adulthood.” The winner gets a debut on Starz and a theatrical run, along with $250,000.
Here's the trailer for Stolen Summer, one of the movies that was born out of the original Project Greenlight TV series.
Viewers will have the chance to vote for their favorite. “It’s a popularity contest. It’s just like every movie we make as producers — at the end of the day we are judged. It’s a fascinating moment in time right now to really figure out what the audience cares about,” Moore told the website. So far the biggest problem the directing hopefuls faced was finding stars willing to get naked on camera for the R-rated feature. The directors under the gun are YouTube star Shane Dawson (pictured — known for his impersonations and original characters) and writer, actor and filmmaker Anna Martemucci. Project Greenlight won the 2002 Outstanding Reality Program Emmy. Is The Chair next?
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