Phillip Seymour Hoffman and HBO are teaming up again. In 2005, the actor appeared in the Emmy nominated movie, Empire Falls, and just last year his production shingle Cooper's Town set up a drama project with the network, based on Samantha Peale's novel"The American Painter Emma Dial." Now, he's teaming up with frequent collaborator Bob Glaudini (Jack Goes Boating) and"Hung" writer Brett C. Leonard on "Upstate," a new drama about a recently fired man who moves his family to a rural town to be an officer at a new for profit private prison. Roy eventually encounters "conflict and danger inside and outside the prison walls."

Uh oh, could small town life be less innocent than it seems? Could there be a darkness lurking in the shadows of suburbia? Someone alert Alan Ball! Sound the Arcade Fire Alarm! Get me The Chumscrubber! And of course, my real opinion is, Hoffman's a smart man with interesting taste who makes strong choices. This sounds very promising. (Deadline)