Matt Damon is reportedly in talks to join John Krasinksi’s The King Of Oil. Deadline reports that the film is set up at Universal Pictures and, more specifically, Krasinski’s production company Sunday Night Productions.
Krasinski isn’t officially directing the movie as yet, but he’s coming off a massive hit from this year, horror flick A Quiet Place, and the trade says that the movie could become a helming project in the future.
Deadline says that the planned project is based on ‘The King of Oil: The Secret Lives of Marc Rich’, a no-holds-barred biography of Rich written by Daniel Ammann that sheds new light on one of the most controversial international businessmen of all time. Damon would play the role of Rich in the film while Krasinski is on board as a co-producer.
Here’s the official synopsis from the source material.
Billionaire oil trader Marc Rich for the first time talks at length about his private life (including his expensive divorce from wife Denise); his invention of the spot oil market, which made his fortune and changed the world economy; his lucrative and unpublicized dealings with Ayatollah Khomeini’s Iran, Fidel Castro’s Cuba, war-ravaged Angola, and apartheid South Africa; his quiet cooperation with the Israeli and U.S. governments (even after he was indicted for tax fraud by Rudy Guiliani) and near-comical attempts by U.S. officials to kidnap him illegally.
This sure-to-make-headlines book is the first no-holds-barred biography of Rich, who was famously pardoned by Bill Clinton, and resurfaced in the news during the confirmation hearings of Attorney General Eric Holder. It sheds stunning new light on one of the most controversial international businessmen of all time.
Krasinski will next be seen in the Amazon series Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, which arrives next month.