Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are set to produce a film about Chuck Blazer and the ongoing FIFA scandal.
The movie will be adapted from the upcoming book, Houses of Deceit by Buzzfeed reporter Ken Bensinger, which has not been published yet.
The book is based on a 2014 article by Pulitzer Prize finalist Bensinger examining the activities of former American FIFA executive Chuck Blazer.
Blazer in 2013 admitted to accepting millions of dollars in kickbacks and bribes over the course of 20 years. The book is due for publication in 2017.
Warner Bros. picked up the rights to the book of Houses of Deceit and it will be produced by Damon and Affleck’s production company, Pearl Street Films.
Gavin O’Connor is set to direct the film, which is the second project Affleck and O’Connor will be undertaking together since The Accountant.
The author of Houses of Deceit, Basinger said he was attracted to the story because of how powerful FIFA is, and how widespread corruption in the organisation became.“I love the con-man story and just love that this is about a very strong sense of good and bad.”
Basinger also said “There’s not a lot of ambiguity about how these people behave. The IRS and FBI, and all these people who sort of did the good work and brought down something that was untouchable, because the power of FIFA internationally is unbelievable. It’s as if you combined the MLB, NBA, NFL, and NHL into one organization.”
Blazer was given the nickname “Mr. Ten Percent,” as he was alleged to take a cut of the money from all deals he facilitated.
No casting decisions have been made yet for the movie.