Set up to be an original film for ViacomCBS-owned U.S. streaming service Paramount+, Jerry and Marge Go Large is inspired by the true story of Jerry and Marge Selbee, a retired Michigan couple who found a mathematical loophole in the Massachusetts lottery. Winning around $US27 million dollars through various games, the couple went about using the money to help revitalise their small town of Evart, with a population under 1,800.
It’s a pretty fascinating story. If you’re keen to read up a bit more on how Jerry calculated his odds and the investigation that brought the winnings to an end, we suggest you check out Jason Fagone’s Huffington Post article the planned film is based on.
Attached to direct the film is David Frankel, whose credits include The Devil Wears Prada and Marley and Me. The screenplay adaptation of that Huffington Post article was written by Brad Copeland (Arrested Development, Spies in Disguise). On board to produce are Gil Netter (The Blind Side, Life of Pi), Levantine Films (Hidden Figures), and Amy Baer (Mary Shelley) MRC Film’s Landline Pictures – the label’s first feature production. Kevin Halloran (Ford v Ferrari) is attached as executive producer.
Principal production on Jerry and Marge Go Large will begin this July in Georgia.
Cranston was most recently seen as the star of Showtime series Your Honor. Bening, whose recent credits include Georgetown and Hope Gap, will next be seen in Kenneth Branagh’s delayed Murder on the Orient Express sequel, Death on the Nile.