Curtis Hanson to Direct True Story about Fake Lawman

     April 15, 2010

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Curtis Hanson (L.A. Confidential) is set to direct a film about Bill Anthony Jakob, a 36-year-old bank security guard who was indicted on a 23-count federal indictment for impersonating a law enforcement officer in a small Missouri town.  Jakob led a crackdown on the town’s meth labs, but unfortunately, he was nothing but a lot of talk and a fake badge.  According to Deadline, Jakob was able to get away with it by convincing the officials of the small town that he was within his rights granted by the Patriot Act and the Department of Homeland Security.  I have to admit: it’s not the worst ruse ever.

Unfortunately, the downside to all this is that his felonies in turn tainted all the arrests made by Jakob’s busts.  It will be interesting to see if screenwriter Clark Gregg (Choke) will go for a comedic route or take a darker tone of a disturbed individual trying to do the right thing.  I’m not sure what you get if you cross The Informant! with Observe and Report, but it’s fascinating to consider.

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