It's been 13 years since 'Project Greenlight' showed us just how scary, nerve wracking and difficult it can be to make your first Hollywood film.
Tonight's premiere episode introduced us to our collection of film makers that would be vying for the top spot and a chance to Direct a feature film for HBO and work with The Farrelly Brothers, as well as Ben Affleck and Matt Damon. It also introduces us to the premise of the film that they will be making. This time around, it's a romantic comedy. We're also introduced to the crop of fresh talent, all with their own sensibilities, styles and quirky attributes. We had the usual safe choice and maverick "risky" choice. And, of course, we had all the rest. You know, the ones that weren't even deserving of more than 45 seconds of screen time.
The beauty of Project Greenlight is that it shows you what it's really like to go through the Hollywood hoops. It doesn't sugarcoat the experience of dealing with everyone involved in the business of making movies, nor does give you the "Hollywood" version of what it's like to work with film makers. It is a business filled with egos and it doesn't shy away from showing you those egos, for better or worse. The first episode reels you in with the promise that you are going to be treated to something of a "David and Goliath" story. Artist vs. Industry or vice versa, depending on your perspective. It allows you to choose your side without pushing you in one direction of the other. And that's what makes the show such a compelling drama and keeps you coming back week after week.
If you love movies, if you love behind the scenes documentaries or you just like plain old drama filled reality TV, then Project Greenlight will satisfy you. It has all of that and more! Plus a little Batfleck (Batman-Affleck) and Bamon (Bourne-Damon)!