“Manchester” partners Matt Damon and John Krasinski could team up for Clinton-era pardon drama “The King of Oil”

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ABC/Heidi Gutman(LOS ANGELES) -- Matt Damon could star in the upcoming biopic The King of Oil, produced by A Quiet Place director and star John Krasinski, according to Variety.

The project, still in the early stages of development, is based on The King of Oil: The Secret Lives of Marc Rich, by Daniel Ammann. Rich, indicted in 1983 on 65 criminal counts including tax evasion, was controversially pardoned by in 2000, literally in the waning moments of Bill Clinton's presidency.

During Capitol Hill hearings on the pardon, Americans learned Rich's ex-wife Denise had given millions not only to the Democratic National Commitee but also help fund both the Clinton Library and Hillary Clinton's Senate run. 

Rich was in Switzerland when he was indicted and lived outside the United States for many years -- even landing on the FBI's Most Wanted fugitives list. He died in Lucerne, Switzerland in 2013 at age 78.

Damon and Krasinski previously teamed up to write the story for the Oscar-winning 2016 drama Manchester by the Sea.

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