Todd Phillips Tackles ARMS & THE DUDES

Jonah Hill may star…

‘The Hangover’ writer-director Todd Phillips has selected his follow-up, ‘Arms & the Dudes,’ the true story of two men who worked with the Pentagon to arm America’s allies in Afghanistan.

Based on the 2011 Rolling Stones article by Guy Lawson, the story chronicles the tale of two Miami Beach stoners, David Packouz and Efraim Diveroli, who won a $300 million contract from the Pentagon to arm America’s allies in Afghanistan. The two made 85 deliveries of munitions to Afghanistan worth more than $66 million before their arms-dealing careers were cut short when federal agents raided their Miami Beach offices in Aug. 2007, culminating in 71 counts of fraud.

Phillips, who has been developing the project for a number of years now, is also producing the film via the newly minted production company he formed with his longtime friend and ‘Hangover’ star Bradley Cooper. Mark Gordon is also producing with Bryan Zuriff.

THR’s reports adds that Jonah Hill has been involved in table reads, although it is unclear if the ‘22 Jump Street’ and ‘Wolf Of Wall Street’ star will be joining the cast.