What’s the weirdest story you’ve heard? This one might rival that – an ex-cop hired to protect the McDonald’s Monopoly piece found a way to rig the game to make bank off the winning pieces. Yes, that’s just the tip of the massive weird iceberg, and yes, you can read the whole story for yourself.
But now the story is making another mark, as being one of the most expensive story rights – costing 20th Century Fox and Ben Affleck and Matt Damon’s Pearl Street Films’ $1 million to create a film adaptation of it. Affleck is set to direct will Damon will star as the con-man/head of security Jerome Jacobson.
It’s weird that this bizarre story (which only broke last week, mind you) was enough to start a Hollywood bidding war, but it has all the hallmarks of a great con story. A shady, quirky security person, a massive contest that people go crazy over, the FBI, sting operations, backroom deals, and one of the biggest food corporations in the world.
It is nice to see Damon and Affleck together again, even though they won’t actually be sharing the screen. The last time they worked on a film together was the oft-maligned Jersey Girl, so it’ll be nice to update their resumes there. Currently there’s no script, cast, or even a year for when this film will come out (or even if we’ll ever see it) but it’s sure that one story you won’t forget anytime soon.