Last weekend, the Daily Beast posted an article revealing how an ex-cop Jerome Jacobson was able to steal $24 million in a heist of McDonald’s Monopoly pieces. So many people were absolutely captivated by the story of the bizarre McDonald’s Monopoly crime ring that involved mobsters, psychics, strip club owners, and drug traffickers. Instantly, people started saying how this story should be made into a movie.
Hollywood jumped on the idea and movie studios immediately threw around some serious money to get the rights for the true-crime story written by Jeff Maysh titled “How An Ex-Cop Rigged McDonald’s Monopoly Game And Stole Millions.” While this probably won’t be the best movie about a board game, that honor goes to Jumanji, it’s gotta be better than Battleship and Ouija.
Universal made a bid on the property and envisioned Kevin Hart as the lead character, Warner Bros. imagined Steve Carell as the McThief, and Netflix attempted to get the story and have Robert Downey Jr. as the crooked cop. In the end, Fox won the bidding war to turn the article into a movie. Hey Hollywood execs with so much money you don’t know what to do with it, if you’re turning articles into movies I once wrote a piece about George W. Bush being possibly being involved with the premature death of Harambe’s mother. Just saying.
The story begins in “the bustling beach town of Westerly, Rhode Island,” so of course Hollywood tapped official New England representatives Ben Affleck and Matt Damon to make a movie about it. Keep in mind, Jacobson was born in Youngstown, Ohio, was a police officer in Georgia, where he currently lives. Writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese who both wrote Deadpool, Deadpool 2, and Zombieland (and are currently writing Zombieland 2) will write the script for the McHeist movie.
Jacobson AKA “Uncle Jerry” stole the pieces so he could rig the McDonald’s Monopoly contest. In 1989, Jacobson gave his brother-in-law a winning game Monopoly card worth $25,000 at a family event in Florida. Jacobson stole more Monopoly cards and collected more winnings. He was able to get his hands on so many pieces that he ran out of friends and family to give to so he started involving shady characters and even mob bosses. An expected release date was not provided.