Issa Rae to Produce ‘Project Greenlight’ Reboot for HBO Max

Issa Rae at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards - Arrivals at the Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, CA — Photo by Jean_Nelson/Deposit Photos)

Issa Rae is partnering with Miramax Television to bring back the documentary series Project Greenlight for HBO Max.

The streaming platform announced Tuesday in a press release the eight-episode series will focus “on the next generation of talented female filmmakers who are given the chance to direct a feature film.” Rae will serve as executive producer and appear in every episode to give guidance and mentorship to the aspiring filmmakers.

At the end of the docuseries, the winner’s feature  film will premiere on HBO Max.

“By relaunching the iconic Project Greenlight with the brilliant Issa Rae and HBO Max, we continue our efforts to mine the Miramax library and create exciting, groundbreaking new content as well as forge opportunities for a new generation of innovative voices to be heard,” Marc Helwig, Head of Worldwide Television at Miramax, said in a statement.

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The original Project Greenlight premiered on HBO in 2001 and included Ben Affleck and Matt Damon as part of its executive producers. The series aired on and off for four seasons, returning to HBO in 2015 before getting canceled. It was nominated for four Emmy Awards including outstanding realityPreview Changes (opens in a new tab) program.

The reboot of Project Greenlight will be produced by Rae’s production company HOORAE, as well as Miramax.

The new series is executive produced by Rae and Montrel McKay through HOORAE, along with Jonathan Berry and Dave Becky through 3 Arts Entertainment. Amanda Klein, SVP of Development, is shepherding the project for Miramax TV. Sara Rastogi serves as a co-executive producer through HOORAE.

A release date for the docuseries has yet to be announced.