In 2018, the Daily Beast ran a fascinating story about an ex-cop who won $24m by rigging the annual McDonald’s Monopoly game. Within days, it had sparked a huge Hollywood bidding war. Warner Bros. Netflix. Robert Downey Jnr. Todd Phillips. Martin Scorsese. Will Ferrell. Steven Speilberg. Mark Wahlberg. Everyone wanted in on it.
Matt Damon and Ben Affleck eventually won with a $1m bid – but Mark Wahlberg wasn’t deterred. Having missed out on the movie rights, he simply went to HBO and brokered a deal to do a six-part docu-series about the exact same story instead (a series which is midway through airing, while the Affleck/Damon movie is still lacing its shoes).
It’s ruffled quite a few feathers, not least with the original journalist – Jeff Maysh – whose work Marky Mark is currently retreading. Wahlberg insists that all the information contained within the HBO documentary has been obtained by making requests under the Freedom Of Information Act – but we wonder how much he actually knows about FOIA requests.
Does he know, for example, that you can place an FOIA request to see who else has made FOIA requests? Because Jeff Maysh does…