News - August 3, 2018

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck working on a new film about the McDonald's Monopoly scam
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Matt Damon and Ben Affleck working on a new film about the McDonald's Monopoly scam

If you've enjoyed a Big Mac or a box of Chicken McNuggets in recent years then there's every chance you'll have taken part in one of the fast food chain's most popular promotions, collecting stickers and tokens to fill up a street on the famous Monopoly board and win yourself anything from a free portion of fries to a big ol' bundle of cash.

What you may not know, however, is that for years an ex-cop working for one of the companies involved in printing the winning tokens was skimming and distributing the biggest prizes himself, siphoning off millions of dollars in prize money for friends, family, and the mob.

The story might have been bigger news were it not for the fact that when the man responsible was finally caught, his trial began just one day before the infamous attacks on the World Trade Center in New York on September 11th, 2001.

Now however there are plans to bring this incredible story to the big screen and it seems that Matt Damon and Ben Affleck are the people being handed the opportunity to turn the crime story into a Hollywood movie.

Affleck and Damon have previous form, of course, having co-written the script to Oscar-winning drama Good Will Hunting, but now that pair are gearing up to produce an adaptation of Jeff Maysh's story behind the McDonald's Monopoly fraud, with Deadpool writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese handling the screenplay.

Affleck and Damon will produced the movie for Fox, which reportedly won out in a hotly-contested bidding war between other studios including Warner Bros., Universal and Netflix. There's no casting news or release date as yet, but more news is expected on the project in the coming months.

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