Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are set to produce a film revolving around Chuck Blazer and the ongoing FIFA scandal.
The Hollywood Reporter states that Affleck will be joined by his buddy Damon as producers after Warner Bros. won a bidding war to attain the rights to Houses of Deceit, Ken Bensinger’s book that details the corruption of world soccer’s governing body.
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The book, which hasn’t even been published yet, focuses on Chuck Blazer, who pleaded guilty to multiple counts of corruption, racketeering and money laundering. Bensinger said he was attracted to the story because of how powerful FIFA is, and how widespread the corruption became.
I love the con-man story and just love that this is about a very strong sense of good and bad.
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 admitted that he had accepted bribes for the allocation of the 1998 and 2010 World Cups, which went to France and South Africa respectively.
Once the top-ranking American in FIFA, Blazer was given the nickname “Mr. Ten Percent,” as he was known to take a cut of the money from all deals he facilitated.