Ben Affleck, Matt Damon Team for Movie About a McDonald's Monopoly Scheme

Oscar-winning Matt Damon and Ben Affleck are reuniting for a movie about a McDonald's Monopoly scam

Oscar-winning Matt Damon and Ben Affleck are reuniting for a movie about a McDonald's Monopoly scam

Deadpool duo Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese are the people tasked with turning that into a script. Fox scored the rights to The Daily Beast's "How an Ex-Cop Rigged McDonald's Monopoly Game and Stole Millions" story, beating out the likes of Universal, Netflix, and Warner, who each envisioned a different actor in the Jacobson role - Kevin Hart, Robert Downey Jr., and Steve Carrell, respectively.

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck likely hope their next film will not only pass Go, but collect more than $200. The auction was handled by IPG's Joel Gotler, who repped Maysh. The article tells the story of a Rhode Islander who received a check for one million dollars after collecting all of the Monopoly pieces in the long-running game that boasts odds of 1 in 250 million. Ben Affleck will direct a film based on The Daily Beast writer Jeff Maysh's freaky recounting of a man who made millions by scamming one of the biggest fast food chains in the world. The two men behind the camera were not from McDonald's. They were Federal Bureau of Investigation agents closing in on a sting that began with a tip about an "Uncle Jerry", who'd sell stolen game pieces.

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Affleck is set to direct the new film, while Damon will portray Jacobson. According to an in-depth July 28 Daily Beast article about the crime written by Jeff Maysh, Jacobson instituted stringent security measures for the workers tasked with making the Monopoly game pieces, all the while stealing numerous big prize-winning pieces. "It led to a wide conspiracy that involved mobsters, psychic, strip-club owners, drug traffickers and a family of Mormons who falsely claimed to have won more than $24 million in cash and prizes". Matt Reilly will oversee the project for Fox while Madison Ainley steers it for Pearl Street.

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