Ben Affleck to direct Matt Damon in true-crime movie

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Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are teaming up again for the big screen.

4 Aug – Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, one of Hollywood's most high profile best buds, have found another project to work together on.

This time Affleck will be taking on the directing role while Damon will be starring, according to Deadline, with both producing through their Pearl Street company.

The true-crime movie, which is being developed over at Fox with "Deadpool" writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese set to pen the script, will be based on Jeff Maysh's "How an Ex-Cop Rigged McDonald's Monopoly Game and Stole Millions" that was published in The Daily Beast several days ago.

It follows ex-cop Jerome Paul Jacobson, who allegedly rigged the McDonald's Monopoly game and stole over USD24 million.


The article the movie is based on is set in 2001 in Rhode Island, when a man claimed he won the USD1 million grand prize after collecting the Monopoly pieces attached to McDonald's products. A camera crew was sent to interview him and they chronicled his lies.

The camera crew was in reality undercover FBI agents who are on a sting that began with a tip about a man called Uncle Jerry, who was selling stolen game pieces. It was revealed that Jerry Jacobson was the one responsible for generating the game pieces and this led to a wide conspiracy that involves mobsters, psychics, strip-club owners, drug traffickers and a family of Mormons with their false claims of winning more than USD24 million in cash and prizes.

No further details have been revealed as to the production and release dates of the movie.

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