If you’re like us and thoroughly enjoyed HBO’s McMillions, the true-crime documentary about the man who defrauded the McDonald’s Monopoly game for millions, you’ll be happy to know Ben Affleck’s long-awaited film adaptation based on the same story, McScam, is still in the works.
During a recent interview with Collider to promote the upcoming release of The Way Back – which arrives in theatres this Friday – Affleck revealed McScam is still in development, a new script has been written and that ultimately, a decision to move forward is completely up to Disney.
“We’ve gotten a new draft. That’s really good. Hollywood’s a weird place, because the person who was running the studio when they bought that script, just left that job. And the studio that was going to make it got bought by another studio. So there’s these moments where things sort themselves out, and you sort of see ‘Is this still a priority, or are they really interested in different kinds of movies?’ And I’m not sure whether or not, McScam, what kind of priority it is. We really like it. We’re still developing the script.”
The actor went on to discuss his role in Ridley Scott’s upcoming historical drama The Last Duel, based on Eric Jager’s novel The Last Duel: A True Story of Trial by Combat in Medieval France.
I’m about to go shoot my part in this Ridley Scott movie [The Last Duel] that I wrote with Matt Damon and Nicole Holofcener. And so I finished [Deep Water] with Adrian Lyne, which was a lot of fun, and he’s a really interesting guy. It’s just so rewarding to work with directors that you can learn from and whose stories you got to get out. I mean, he’s telling stories about David Lean, you know what I mean? It’s incredible!”
Scott’s The Last Duel tells the story of former best friends Jean de Carrouges and Jacques Le Gris, who are ordered to fight to the death after Carrouges accuses Le Gris of raping his wife. The film stars Matt Damon, Adam Driver, Jodie Comer, Harriet Walter, Nathaniel Parker, and Affleck.
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