Story Of Benny Binion Purchased For Possible Big Screen Poker Pic

Life and times of the founder of WSOP gets the Hollywood treatment.

Looks like there may be yet another poker movie in the works as Deadline reports that Hollywood heavyweight Relativity Media have bought the screen rights to “Blood Aces: The Wild Ride of Benny Binion“ by author Doug Swanson.

Screenwriter Cliff Dorfman, who is also currently working on a reboot of “The Crow” and has episodes of the HBO hit “Entourage” to his credit, has been tapped to adapt the book in which chronicles the life and times of gambling and poker legend Benny Binion.

From Deadline:

Binion’s résumé reads like this: cowboy, pioneering casino owner, gangster, killer and founder of the World Series of Poker. The book chronicles his  role in shaping modern Las Vegas. From a Texas backwater, Binion rose to prominence on a combination of vision, determination and brutal expediency. His formula was simple: Run a good business, cultivate the big boys, kill your enemies, own the cops. While he controlled his competition through ruthless violence, his irresistible charm brought him the protection of the political elite.

This is just an initial purchase so no possible dates or actors are in the mix but one would assume that if Benny and the first WSOP make it to the silver screen that someone is going to have to play Doyle Brunson. Who would you pick to play young Benny and Doyle?

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