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Ben Affleck to Direct Fox Pilot

70th ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS -- Pictured: Winner, Ben Affleck, Best Director - Motion Picture, "Argo" on stage during the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 13, 2013.

Perhaps in an attempt to make his Batman even more "tired and weary," Ben Affleck has added yet another commitment to an already full schedule. Variety reports that he has a pilot order from Fox to direct The Middle Man, a crime drama from a script by Glenn Gordon Caron (of Medium and Moonlighting) about "the unique relationship between FBI agent Rudy MacAteer, who’s charged with taking down the Italian-American mafia, and his confidential informant, Irish-American gangster Mickey Flood" in the sixties. Appropriately for Affleck, the show is being described as a "timeless Boston crime drama." The Hollywood Reporter says the pilot will begin production in early 2014 — just after Affleck wraps Gone Girl and before he puts on the black cape.

Photo: Paul Drinkwater/NBC