DreamWorks and producers Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald bought the rights to the real-life story of Kyle MacDonald.
The two read Kyle's bartering adventures online and immediately wanted to make a film about him. The Hollywood Reporter notes MacDonald made headlines when he traded a paper clip for a house through a series of barters during the course of a year. Inspired by a childhood barter game called Bigger and Better, MacDonald posted a message on Craigslist.com offering his red paper clip for trade. After a series of 14 trades - gradually increasing in value from a fish-shaped pen to a small doorknob, a camping stove, a power generator, a snowmobile and a small-truck - MacDonald ended up with a house in Saskatchewan, Canada.
There's no details on a production schedule for the film.