Longtime friends Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are working on a joint project together (again!)
Fox has won the movie rights for the true-crime story about ex-cop turned con man who rigged McDonald’s bi-annual monopoly game and stole millions back in 2001.
The recently published Daily Beast article “How an Ex-Cop Rigged McDonald’s Monopoly Game and Stole Millions” brought Jerome Jacobson’s story back to the headlines.
According to Deadline Affleck has been attached as director while Damon has been set to play the ex-cop. The duo will produce through their Pearl Street company from a script penned by Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese.
“On Aug. 3, 2001, a McDonald’s film crew arrived in the bustling beach town of Westerly, Rhode Island. They carried their cameras and a giant cashier’s check to a row of townhouses and knocked on the door of Michael Hoover. The 56-year-old bachelor had called a McDonald’s hotline to say he’d won their Monopoly competition. The camera crew listened patiently to his rambling story, silently recognizing the inconsequential details found in stories told by liars. They suspected that Hoover was not a lucky winner, but part of a major criminal conspiracy to defraud the fast-food chain of millions of dollars. The two men behind the camera were not from McDonald’s. They were undercover agents from the FBI. This was a McSting.”
The duo has collaborated in the past on many projects and are best known for their Oscar-winning film Good Will Hunting.