In a story from Deadline New York, it is being reported that Curtis Hanson (8 Mile) is in talks to direct and Clark Gregg will write a film that is based "on the true story of a mystery man who showed up to a small Missouri town and led a crackdown that cleaned up a scourge of meth labs -- only to be exposed as a bank security guard with a Walter Mitty complex and a phony badge."
Fox Searchlight has attached themselves to this untitled film.
The movie will be based on Bill Anthony Jakob. He was a 36-year-old bank security guard who was later indicted on a 23-count federal indictment for pretending to be a law enforcement officer. Jakob was able to dupe officials in a town of 1200 residents that he could employ the Patriot Act and the Homeland Security Department to take down drug dealers.
It seems that Jakob was undone when a reporter simply did an internet search and discovered that he wasn't who he said he was.
There's no word yet on casting or anything else but with Curtis Hanson involved this sort of material is in very capable hands.