Telling the tale of a former policeman who pocketed $24million
Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are said to already be working on a movie based on a recent story about a former policeman who scammed McDonald’s out of millions of dollars through their Monopoly game.
Last week, the internet was swept up by a long-read on The Daily Beast about former police officer Jerome Jacobson and how in 1989 he began to ‘manipulate’ McDonald’s Monopoly game while working as a security guard where the game was printed. Sharing the profits with a network of co-conspirators including mobsters, psychics, strip-club owners, and drug traffickers, over $24million.
Now, as Deadline reports, Affleck is set to direct the new film with Damon portraying Jacobson. The rights to the story ‘How an Ex-Cop Rigged McDonald’s Monopoly Game and Stole Millions’ was won by Fox. Deadpool writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese will be writing the script.
Universal, Netflix, and Warner had also each pitched for the rights to the story, with a view to having Kevin Hart, Robert Downey Jr., or Steve Carrell in the lead role, respectively.
Earlier this year, Damon and Affleck promised to introduce ‘inclusion riders’ into movie contracts for their Pearl Street Films production company.