- Romy Kraus
Winning Big. The biggest bidding war for a newspaper article
On Saturday, July 28 Jeff Maysh's piece How an Ex-Cop Rigged McDonald’s Monopoly Game and Stole Millions was published in Daily Beast, by Thursday a ferocious bidding war for the movie rights ended with Ben Affleck and Matt Damon for Fox as winners.
Fox is poised to win the hot lit property in the marketplace at the moment, a giant Happy Meal that everyone wanted. Ben Affleck is attached to direct and Matt Damon to star in a true-crime story written by Jeff Maysh and published in The Daily Beast several days ago about an ex-cop who rigged the McDonald’s Monopoly game, allegedly stealing over $24 million and sharing it with an unsavory group of co-conspirators who offered kickbacks to the mastermind. The Pearl Street partners will produce with David Klawans, latter of whom got rights to the article and was exec veep on the Affleck-directed Best Picture Oscar winner Argo. Deadpoolscribes Paul Wernick & Rhett Reese will write the script. Deal was a $350,000 option against $1 million if the film gets made. Affleck, Damon and the screenwriters get paid a lot more than that.