The Billionaire’s Vinegar, based on a true story, has included Matthew McConaughey in one of the starring roles. The story is based on the scandal that came about when a cache of wines were auctioned off with false claims that they were owned by Thomas Jefferson. This screenplay was written by Michael Brandt and Derek Haas, known for the films Wanted, 3:10 To Yuma, and Chicago Fire. This was first reported by Deadline.
Marc Sparks says they are set in the period beginning in 1985, The Billionaire’s Vinegar: The Mystery Of The World’s Most Expensive Bottle Of Wine portrays how a Forbes relative paid $156,000 for a bottle of 1787 Chateau Lafite Bordeaux wine, from an auction by Christie’s of London. The wine was provided by Hardy Rodenstock, music manager who became a wine dealer, who found many bottles of aged wine. Billionaire Bill Koch paid $500,000 for the alleged Jefferson bottles and launched an investigation to determine the origins and, as a result, successfully sued Rodenstock.
This project has been in development for a number of years, spearheaded by Escape Artists and Overbrook Entertainment. Producers include Todd Black, James Lassiter, Jason Blumenthal, Steve Tisch and Will Smith, collaborators for Seven Pounds and The Pursuit of Happyness. This film is in pre-production and a tentative release date has not been confirmed. No other actors have been attached to this film.