‘Mere days after The Daily Beast published an explosive, entertaining story about a huge scam surrounding McDonald’s Monopoly game, a film is officially in the works. Ben Affleck is set to direct, Matt Damon is set to star, and the writers of Deadpool will tackle the script.
A few days ago, The Daily Beast ran a lengthy, eye-popping story titled “How an Ex-Cop Rigged McDonald’s Monopoly Game and Stole Millions.” The piece focused on Jerome Jacobson, a man who created a vast criminal network involving mobsters and small-time crooks to pull off a very unusual scam. Jacobson was a former cop who worked for the company that oversaw McDonald’s wildly popular Monopoly game. Jacobson’s scam involved stealing winning game pieces and distributing them to friends and relatives – provided these individuals cut him in on the winnings. The scam went on for years, and was eventually busted via an FBI sting.
Sure enough, Hollywood was has come calling. Deadline says that Fox has snapped up the rights to the story, and that Ben Affleck and Matt Damon have reunited to make it a reality. Affleck is likely to direct, while Damon will star, and the duo will both produce via their Pearl Street Films. Deadpool screenwriters Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese will pen the script.’
Via Slash Film