An ex-cop-turned-security-auditor spending 12 years scamming the McDonald’s Monopoly promotion to make over $24 million may sound like the plot to a B-level comedy staring Kevin James, but it’s totally a real thing that happened and, naturally, now it’s going to be a movie. No Kevin James though, this action-comedy (we assume, based on the people involved) will star Matt Damon and be directed by his buddy Ben Affleck.
The Damon-Afflect duo will also produce the flick through their production company, Pearl Street, and Deadpool writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese have been tapped to write the script. That’s sure to be a wild ride.
Last week, the Daily Beast laid out the story of Jerome Jacobson, an ex-police officer who worked for the company that helped run the Monopoly promotion alongside McDonald’s. Jacobson was responsible for transporting the little property tickets that participants use to try to win menu items and (ideally) cash prizes. He began by just stealing winning tickets, giving him to his friends and family with a promise of commission, and was eventually running a full-fledged operation that involved cocaine dealers and a strip club owner with New York City Mob ties.
Jacobson was originally inspired to scam the game when he found out that the campaign was already rigged against Canada. That’s right, Canadians. McDonald’s didn’t want all their hard-earned American dollars heading north of the border so they rigged the card distribution to disadvantage Canadian customers. The telling of Jacobson’s story has exposed that little fact as well.
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The FBI eventually caught on to Jacobson and staged a sting operation to take him and his network down, but the whole story is almost too weird to be true (read it in full here). No wonder these Hollywood tycoons snatched up the rights so quickly. We’re looking forward to McScammer’s: The Jerome Jacobson Story.