'Project Greenlight' returning to HBO with Ben Affleck, Matt Damon as executive producers

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"Project Greenlight" has been dead nearly a decade, but don't count it out. HBO has announced the series, which finds a first-time director and chronicles the filmmaking process, will return for a brand new season. What's more, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon will once again executive produce the series.

The series debuted on HBO in 2001, with a second season following in 2003. For its third season, the series moved to Bravo in 2005, but it is now coming home to HBO. "'Project Greenlight' was ahead of its time," Affleck says in a release. "Now that technology has caught up to the concept, we thought it was a perfect time to bring it back. A whole new generation of filmmakers has grown up sharing everything, and the next big director could be just an upload away."

The show has led to the production of three movies, which saw varying levels of success. The most notable was "The Battle of Shaker Heights," which marked the feature film debut of then-Disney Channel star Shia LaBeouf in a lead role.

The new season of the show will feature a digital competition to find a movie to make. The winning idea will then be followed through pre-production, casting, filming and post-production. 

HBO has yet to set a premiere date.
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