A high-profile film is in the works based on Ken Bensinger’s book Houses of Deceit, which explores the American side of the FIFA scandal, and Ben Affleck is on board to produce the project. The property, which was acquired by Warner Bros. following a fierce bidding war, centers on American FIFA exec Chuck Blazer and his involvement in what has turned out to be the biggest sports corruption scandal of all time.
Bensinger’s book was based on his article Mr. Ten Percent: The Man Who Built—And Bilked—American Soccer, about Blazer, who rose from an unemployed soccer dad to VP of the U.S. Soccer Federation and the general manger of CONCACAF, the soccer governing body for North and Central America. At one point, Blazer also became an FBI informant.
Joining Affleck as a producer is Matt Damon. The duo will develop the drama via their Warner’s-based production banner Pearl Street Films.
Signed on to direct is Gavin O’Connor, who just completed filming another buzz-worthy Affleck film, The Accountant, debuting next year. O’Connor’s career has getting a boost lately. The filmmaker, who has remained under the radar since the early 1990s, also recently directed the highly anticipated Natalie Portman western Jane Got a Gun, due out in September.
The screenplay for the FIFA movie is being written by frequent O’Connor collaborator Anthony Tambakis (Warrior; Jane Got a Gun).