Philip Seymour Hoffman Developing UPSTATE for HBO

Philip Seymour Hoffman

Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman is developing a drama series for HBO. Deadline reports that Hoffman’s Cooper’s Town Productions has partnered with eOne Television on a project called UPSTATE, which focuses on a newly unemployed named Roy Perkins who is hired as a correctional officer in a privately owned for-profit prison. To take the job, he must move his family to the prison’s rural environment.

According to Upstate‘s logline, “As the town and his family prosper, Roy encounters conflict and danger inside and outside the prison walls.” Brett C. Leonard and Bob Glaudini wrote the pilot script and will executive produce with Hoffman, his producing partner Emily Ziff, and eOne’s Michael Rosenberg.

In 2005, Hoffman starred in HBO’s Empire Falls–his only television role in the past fifteen years–and earned an Emmy nomination for his performance.