Matt Damon Confirms ‘Project Greenlight’ Not Returning to HBO (Again)
Project Greenlight hits a stop sign, Project Redlight; you name the pun, and Matt Damon glumly affirms. The Jason Bourne star reveals that HBO’s revival of his and Ben Affleck’s Project Greenlight has come to an end once more, and might potentially be shopped to another network.
The first two seasons of the filmmaking competition aired on HBO from 2001-2003, before a third season moved to Bravo in 2005. The fourth season returned to HBO in 2015, but a new interview with the Associated Press sees Damon acknowledging the series again out in the wild:
I really liked it and thought that the show went great. I’m not one to question [HBO's programming]. They do such a great job. But we have to take it out again … There are places where I think we could do really well.
Damon pointed toward outlets like Netflix or Amazon that might be willing to host the series, though no official negotiations have yet begun. HBO reps reportedly claimed the revival was always intended for one season, and they’d decided in early 2016 another round “did not make sense for us.”
For those unfamiliar with the concept, the original Project Greenlight followed a fledgling director through a digital competition into pre-production, casting, principal photography and post-production, wherein a team of industry professionals aid the director in producing their first-time movie to completion.
Previous seasons oversaw such films as Shia LaBeouf’s The Battle of Shaker Heights, and the Jason Mewes-starring Feast. Season 4 garnered a notable bit of controversy with Damon’s comments on casting diversity, and particular conflict with producer Effie Brown, for which he later apologized.
It wouldn’t surprise if another outlet ended up pursuing Project Greenlight, but was HBO right to pass on a fifth run?