Matt Damon and Ben Affleck's collaborations go back quite a ways, starting most notably with Good Will Hunting, but extending into recent years with Project Greenlight and the foundation of Pearl Street Films in 2012. The Warner Bros-based production company has become involved in a number of projects, most notably this year's Jason Bourne, and the upcoming Ben Affleck-directed Batman film. This year will see the company's first television endeavor with the November release of the Syfy series, Incorporated.
The series takes place in a dystopian future where the businesses have nearly unlimited power over society. The story revolves around a young executive who falsifies his identity to infiltrate a dangerous corporation named SPIGA. The series was created by brothers, Àlex and David Pastor (Self/less). The protagonist, Ben Larson is played by Sean Teale (Reign) and the show also includes Dennis Haysbert (24), Julia Ormond (Mad Men), Allison Miller (Terra Nova) and Eddie Ramos (Teen Wolf).
Syfy has recently released the second trailer (see above) showcasing a tantalizing glimpse at the setup for the upcoming series.
The series looks to blend espionage style thrills with Mad Men-styled office drama, some near-future technology, and a pointed socio-political commentary about the dangers of capitalism run amok. Little is known about the plot of Incorporated, but it's clear that Ben is working for SPIGA under false pretenses and that events unfold which force him to risk blowing his cover to protect somebody he cares about. Depending on how fleshed out the show's intriguing world is, it's hopeful that it could continue down multiple dramatic rabbit holes for many seasons to come.
The cinematography in the trailer looks slick and the special effects appear to be seamlessly blended to create an authentic world. The series has a promising cast and Academy Award winning producers backing it. While the Pastor brother-written Self/less was critically panned (and had similar benefits), that film didn't have the benefit of the brothers' direction. With high critical praise for their filmmaking technique, it bodes well that they will be sharing the director's chair to set the standard for their own pilot. Films that they've had the benefit of both writing and directing, such as Carriers and The Last Days, have been considerably better received.
Has this small taste of the series piqued your interest? Let us know in the comments section, and stay tuned to Screen Rant for more updates on Incorporated as they hit.
Incorporated premieres November 30, 2016 at 10/9c on Syfy.