After ten years of working on individual projects, The Hollywood Reporter confirms that Ben Affleck and Matt Damon will once again share the big screen in a movie about the McDonald’s Monopoly fraud story. The famous Hollywood best friend pair have not starred in a movie together since Kevin Smith’s 1999 film Dogma.
The yet-to-be-named film is inspired by a recently published article in The Daily Beast by Jeff Maysh. In the piece, Maysh recounts the story of a former police officer, Jerome ‘Jerry’ Jacobson, who schemed to steal from and defraud the popular game starting in 1989. Following the perspective of FBI Special Agent Richard Dent, the movie will observe the operation that uncovered the crime ring masterminded by ‘Uncle Jerry.’ It will shine a light on a staggering $24 million loss in prize money over the course of several years.
The Hollywood duo will be quite busy with this project. Affleck will co-star and direct, while Damon will star as the former cop, Jerry. The twosome will also produce the film under their co-founded Pearl Street Films production company. In addition to Damon and Affleck, Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese will adapt the story with David Klawans. The author of the article, Jeff Maysh, is set to executive produce.