Game on, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon: Mark Wahlberg has a McDonald’s Monopoly fraud project too

If that sounds familiar, it's because Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are working on a feature film about the same story.

Mark Wahlberg arrives at the world premiere of "All the Money in the World." –Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

It seems Mark Wahlberg isn’t content to let Ben Affleck and Matt Damon win this game of Monopoly.

Earlier this month, Fox proved victorious in a furious bidding war for the film rights to a Daily Beast article about a man who stole more than $24 million in winning McDonald’s Monopoly pieces. That movie will be directed by Affleck, with Damon set to star as Jerome Jacobson, the man who was formerly in charge of overseeing the McDonald’s Monopoly game to ensure it remained fraud-free but who secretly funneled winning game pieces to a sprawling network of associates between 1995 and 2000.


Vulture reported last week that one of the many parties that came up short in the bidding process was Wahlberg. Now it seems that instead of moving on after losing out on the article’s film rights, Wahlberg is pressing forward with a McDonald’s Monopoly fraud project of his own.

Deadline reported last week that Wahlberg’s non-scripted production company, Unrealistic Ideas, will produce “McMillions,” a documentary series about the fast food scam. The series reportedly will be shopped to both broadcast and cable networks as the “definitive non-scripted version of the story,” and will feature interviews with some of the fraudulent winners as well as the FBI agents who apprehended Jacobson.

Unrealistic Ideas president Archie Gips told Deadline that the company would be teaming up with producers James Lee Hernandez and Brian Lazarte, who have done a significant amount of legwork on the project already.

“James and Brian amazed us with the materials and life rights they’ve acquired to this unbelievable story over the past year,” Gips told Deadline. “This truly is a case of life being stranger than fiction.”

As for Affleck, Damon, and Wahlberg, only time will tell which of the Boston area natives’ projects will pass Go and be completed first.