Ben Affleck Will Direct Film About McDonald's Monopoly Heist

Ben Affleck Will Direct Film About McDonald's Monopoly Heist

Maysh's tale, entitled "How an Ex-Cop Rigged McDonald's Monopoly Game and Stole Millions", was first published on the The Daily Beast in late July.

Pearl Street producers and best buds Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are now developing a new film about McDonald's Monopoly promotion, as Deadline reports. Deadpool writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese have been tapped to pen the script. The true crime story reportedly kicked off a bidding war with several big names attached, including Kevin Hart, Steve Carell, Robert Downey Jr, and studios like Universal and Netflix. The auction was handled by IPG's Joel Gotler, who repped Maysh.

Affleck will reunite with Argo alum David Klawans, who is slated to be the executive producer for the film. "They suspected that Hoover was not a lucky victor, but part of a major criminal conspiracy to defraud the fast-food chain of millions of dollars".

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"The article opens in 2001 in Rhode Island, as a million dollar check is delvered to a man who said he'd won the $1 million grand prize after collecting Monopoly pieces attached to food products, defying the 1 in 250 million odds and modeled after the venerable board game that the piece says was invented as a warning about the destructive nature of greed". The mastermind, known as "Uncle Jerry", was laundering stolen game pieces through intermediaries who would pocket the winnings and give him a share.

Affleck and Damon of course came on the Hollywood scene together after starring in and writing Good Will Hunting, which earned the pair Oscars for Best Original Screenplay. Jacobson worked as a security guard at the printing business responsible for providing the game to McDonald's and thus took advantage of his access to the rare winning pieces.

However, very soon, Jerome's small circle began a crime ring - consisting of mobsters, psychics, strip club owners, a family of Mormons, convicts and drug traffickers.

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