Mike Matusow is one of the most bombastic personalities in the professional poker circuit. He’s also one of the most accomplished players, having collected a little over $9 million in career earnings. Combine those two elements together and it should make for a good book or movie, right?
Well, Matusow already crossed the former off that list in 2009 when he released an autobiography titled “Check-Raising the Devil.” and it’s that book that paved the way for his life to be immortalized on the big screen.
Yes, ladies and gentlemen. Mike Matusow isn’t just getting a movie deal; he’s getting a movie deal about him. Big, big difference.
The story of the man poker players call “The Mouth” is currently under development by 1984 Professional Defense Contractors’ Adi Shankar and Spencer Silna. The two are producing the Matusow biopic with David Uslan, highlighting the story of a man who faced bouts with drugs, depression, sex and suicide on his way to becoming one of the world’s most decorated – if not most polarizing – professional poker players.
Matusow has won four World Series of Poker bracelets and a 2005 World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions title. He’s a hell of a poker player, even if his razzing antics have rubbed a significant number of poker players the wrong way over the years.
There’s no timetable on when the biopic will be released, but at least we know that the wheels have already started on the development process.