HBO to Air ‘McMillions’, a Documentary Series About the McDonald’s Monopoly Fraud

/Film | 4/23/2019 | Ben Pearson
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When The Daily Beast published an article last summer titled “How an Ex-Cop Rigged McDonald’s Monopoly Game and Stole Millions,” it captured Hollywood’s attention in a big way. We later learned that was by design: the article, which details extreme (and wildly entertaining) levels of fraud surrounding the nationwide Monopoly game that McDonald’s previously participated in, was written with the express purpose of being adapted into a movie.

A film adaptation is still on the table, but now a documentary series called McMillions is already in production at HBO, and one of the Hollywood players who lost out on the film rights is executive producing this multi-part documentary show. Find out who’s involved below.

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Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, and Deadpool writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick are teaming up to make a movie about this totally-nuts McDonald’s Monopoly story, but tons of other big names were initially vying for the movie rights, including Martin Scorsese, Kevin Hart, Robert Downey Jr., and more. Mark Wahlberg was one of those contenders, and even though he didn’t end up with the film rights, he apparently liked the story enough that he just had to be a part of telling it one way or another. So he’s executive producing McMillions alongside Stephen Levinson, Archie Gips, James Lee Hernandez, and Brian Lazarte. Hernandez and Lazarte, a pair of jack-of-all-trade types with a myriad of editing, directing, writing, and producing credits to their names,...
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