A book about the American side of the FIFA bribery scandal is being made into a Hollywood movie by Warner Bros. and will be produced by the company owned by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, Pearl Street Films.
Houses of Deceit hasn’t been published yet. It was written by Ken Bensinger, a reporter for Buzzfeed.
It tells the story of former American FIFA executive Chuck Blazer. He pleaded guilty in 2013 for taking a bribe in exchange for votes to award the World Cup to South Africa in 2010. His plea was unsealed late last month.
Blazer was one of 14 FIFA officials and business executives the U.S. Justice Department indicted in a $150 million corruption scandal.
Simon & Schuster is set to publish Bensinger’s book sometime in 2017, Time magazine said.
The Hollywood Reporter broke the movie story.
Capping off eight days of negotiations, Warner Bros. has won a bidding war for Houses of Deceit, a book by BuzzFeed investigative reporter Ken Bensinger that is being seen as the definitive account of American FIFA exec Chuck Blazer and his role in the largest sports and public corruption scandal in history.
Bensinger was an investigative reporter for the Los Angeles Times until 2014.
“He proved doubters wrong with one of his first stories, published in June 2014, an exhaustive look at Blazer, titled Mr. Ten Percent: The Man Who Built — And Bilked — American Soccer,” the Hollywood Reporter said.
The article became the basis for a book proposal.
Casting for the movie hasn’t been reported.
“The book proposal also has several protagonists and tells of how Blazer was slide tackled by two federal agents, one an IRS pencil pusher and then-U.S. attorney, now-Attorney General Loretta Lynch,” the Hollywood Reporter said.
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