Philip Seymour Hoffman Will Develop Brett C. Leonard-Bob Glaudini Drama for HBO

News   Philip Seymour Hoffman Will Develop Brett C. Leonard-Bob Glaudini Drama for HBO
Academy Award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who is scheduled to tackle the iconic role of downtrodden American businessman Willy Loman in a Broadway revival of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman in fall 2011, will be among the producers of an upcoming drama for HBO, according to

Entitled "Upstate," the series, which is being written by Brett C. Leonard and Bob Glaudini, will be produced by Hoffman and Emily Ziff's Cooper's Town Prods and eOne Television. The series, states, "centers on recently laid-off Roy Perkins, who relocates his family to rural America to become a correctional officer in a new private prison run for profit. As the town and his family prosper, Roy encounters conflict and danger inside and outside the prison walls." No casting has been announced for the HBO drama.

The series will mark a reunion for Hoffman and Glaudini; the latter wrote Jack Goes Boating, which starred Hoffman Off-Broadway and on film.

Hoffman last appeared on Broadway as James Tyrone, Jr. in Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey Into Night. He garnered a Tony Award nomination for his work. He has also appeared in revivals of True West and Miss Julie. His last New York stage appearance was the Peter Sellars production of Othello at the Public Theater in 2009. He earned an Oscar for "Capote," and nominations for "Charlie Wilson's War" and "Doubt."

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