Recently headlines were seen around the world about an ex-cop who rigged the famous McDonald’s Monopoly game, which has been one of their most successful marketing campaigns. Fox is reportedly poised to win the bidding war for the story to turn it into a feature film, written by “Deadpool” scribes Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese.
Ben Affleck is set to direct the film, with pal Matt Damon to star, which centres on the true-crime story of the man who allegedly stole over $24 million by rigging the Monopoly game, and sharing it with a group of people who offered him kickbacks.
The article on the incident was written by Jeff Maysh, called “How An Ex-Cop Rigged McDonald’s Monopoly Game and Stole Millions”, and was highly sought for by a number of distrubuters.
According to the Deadline report, the article by Maysh opens in 2001 in Rhode Island, as a million-dollar check is delivered 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 modelled after the venerable board game that the piece says was invented as a warning about the destructive nature of greed. A camera crew was dispatched to hear how the man won, and they chronicled his series of lies. They were FBI agents closing in on a sting that began with a tip about an “Uncle Jerry,” who’d sell stolen game pieces. Solid detective work unearthed Jerry Jacobson, a head of security for a Los Angeles company responsible for generating the game pieces. It led to a wide conspiracy that involved mobsters, psychics, strip-club owners, drug traffickers and a family of Mormons who falsely claimed to have won more than $24 million in cash and prizes.