Ben Affleck and Matt Damon Reunite for McDonald's Monopoly Conspiracy Movie; Here's Everything We Know

Ben Affleck and Matt Damon Reunite for McDonald's Monopoly Conspiracy Movie; Here's Everything We Know

Aug 02, 2018

Good Will Hunting

We've been promised a Monopoly movie for a long time, but we weren't expecting anything like this. While Hasbro continues to develop an actual film adaptation of its board game, a true-crime story involving Monopoly -- specifically the version used in a contest promotion at McDonald's -- is heading to the big screen. 

According to Deadline, the crazy story is being set up at Fox after a studio bidding war and will be shepherded by the wonder boys behind Good Will Hunting, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon. Here's everything we know about the project so far:

What is this story?

As reported at the time but recently covered in full by The Daily Beast, the McDonald's Monopoly games were rigged for many years. An ex-cop who headed security at the company where the game promotion was manufactured stole the winning pieces and distributed them among cohorts including mobsters, drug traffickers and strip club owners. Together, they shared as much as $24 million in prizes before the conspiracy was discovered and stopped in 2001.

Who is starring in the movie?

Matt Damon is expected to star, presumably playing the mastermind ex-cop, Jerry Jacobson. 

Who is directing?

Damon's longtime pal Ben Affleck, with whom he shared the Oscar for Best Screenplay back in 1998 for Good Will Hunting (above), will take the helm. This will actually be Affleck's first project as a director that features Damon as an actor or in any other capacity. 

Are they writing the movie together, too? 

Sorry, Good Will Hunting fans, but the duo still aren't collaborating on the page again. Instead, the screenplay for the movie will be penned by Deadpool and Deadpool 2 writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. They will adapt Jeff Maysh's The Daily Beast story, titled "How An Ex-Cop Rigged McDonald’s Monopoly Game And Stole Millions."

What other teams tried to make this movie?

According to Deadline, the bidders for the rights to the story included Kevin Hart for a Universal production, Steve Carell and writers John Requa and Glenn Ficarra for Warner Bros. and Robert Downey Jr. and director Todd Phillips for Netflix. 

When can we see the end result?

Given that this project was only just secured, there will be a long while before it actually goes into production and then is released. 

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