Ben Affleck to produce a FIFA Scandal Movie
Fans of the beautiful game know that governing body of world soccer (football to most fans around the world) is rotten to the core and FIFA has been a source of corruption and controversy. We cannot escape the headlines of FIFA and CONCACAF officers being arrested by the FBI and Swiss Federal Police, with scandals regarding the awarding of the World Cup in Russia and Qatar amongst other bribery scandals.
Now Hollywood is showing interest in the story with The Hollywood Reporter
having the exclusive story that Warner Brothers are getting Ben Affleck to produce a movie based on the book House of Deceit
. House of Deceit
was written by Buzzfeed investigative journalist Ken Bensinger, focusing on American FIFA executive member Chuck Blazer, an eccentric and corrupt member turned FBI informant after it was found out because he failed to filed his tax return. Blazer was a man who owned parrots and rented a $6,000-per-month apartment in Trump Tower just for his cats.
Gavin O'Connor is set to direct and co-write the adaptation. His previous sports movies are Miracle
and his Warrior
writing partner Anthony Tambakis will co-write with O'Connor. O'Connor next two movies are the western Jane Got a Gun
, set for a September 4 2015 release and the crime drama The Accountant
with a January 29 2016 release date.
FIFA have recently released their own movie about their foundations and the world of FIFA President Sepp Blatter. It is the lowest grossing movie in American history, grossing $918 from 10 theaters and has a 2.0/10 rating on IMDB.