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Curtis Hanson & Searchlight Making Feature About Phony Cop

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April 16, 2010
Source: Deadline

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Unless you're from Gerald, Missouri, you probably don't know who Bill Anthony Jakob is, but you'll find out soon. Deadline reports that Fox Searchlight has signed on to produce a film about Jakob to be written by actor Clark Gregg (who wrote and directed Choke) and directed by Curtis Hanson (L.A. Confidential, 8 Mile, Lucky You) seen above. The original intent was to turn the story into a comedy, but since it wasn't funny for those involved (more on that below), they decided otherwise. Deadline doesn't say when this will go into production, but I hope it's sooner than later, since this is just such a wacky story. So who is this guy?

Bill Anthony Jakob is security guard charged in a 23-count indictment for impersonating police officers. He appeared in the small Missouri town of Gerald with a phony badge and convinced officials that he could use the Patriot Act and the Homeland Security Dept. to crack down on the drug dealers. It worked effectively for a while and Jakob helped clean up a "scourge of meth labs." He was later discovered when a reporter writing about him did a search online and found out he was phony. He was simply just a rogue cop who thought he could pose as a federal agent and pull this off. Doesn't that sound like a fantastic story to be adapted into a feature film? Especially from the guy who directed L.A. Confidential? So why isn't this shooting already?!

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  • DiR3cT
    Your second paragraph has left me really, really confused.
  • Leeloo Dallas Multipass
    Not much to be confused about. It's pretty to the point.
  • Mr. Pants
    What's the matter #1? Was he not DiR3cT enough for ya?

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