Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and 20th Century Fox have won an intense bidding war for the screen rights to Jeff Maysh’s recent Daily Beast article “How An Ex-Cop Rigged McDonald’s Monopoly Game And Stole Millions”.
Damon is set to star and Affleck is set to direct the true crime story about Jerome Jacobson, a Rhode Island ex-cop who rigged the McDonald’s Monopoly Game and allegedly stole over $24 million.
Jacobson acted as head of security for a Los Angeles company that was responsible for generating the game pieces and shared the stolen money with a group of co-conspirators who offered bribes to the ex-cop. The group included mobsters, a psychic, strip-club owners, drug traffickers, and a Mormon family.
“Deadpool” scribes Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese will pen the script while David Klawans will executive produce. Universal, Warners and Netflix along with the likes of Kevin Hart, Steve Carell and Robert Downey Jr. were all in pursuit of the property before the winning big by Affleck & Damon.