Bill Dubuque, who wrote The Judge (2014), worked on the idea based on a suggestion from producer Tom McNulty (The Spectacular Now), with the pair teaming up to sell Pratt on the concept. According to The Hollywood Reporter, it tells the story of real life bootlegger Bill McCoy, who became the inspiration for the phrase "the real McCoy" referring to his unsullied liquor. McCoy himself was ironically a non-drinker who prided himself on never having to pay protection money to anyone, criminal or otherwise, as he smuggled alcohol during Prohibition in the United States. A character based on the man featured in hit HBO series Boardwalk Empire.
Universal Pictures were so eager to grab the pitch that they outbid Warner Bros, slapping $1.5 million on the table and bringing a planned round of pitch meetings to a swift close.
Pratt will next be seen in the aforementioned Jurassic World, which stomps into our cinemas on 12 June. He is about to start work on Antoine Fuqua's (The Equalizer) new The Magnificent Seven and is also attached to Cowboy Ninja Viking. Not to mention Guardians Of The Galaxy 2, which arrives here on 28 April 2017.