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Todd Phillips Gets Into "Arms and the Dudes" Business

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    The story of a couple on Miami Beach stoners making millions running arms? Sounds like it could be right up Todd Philips' alley.

    Phillips, fresh off the commercially successful, but wildly reviled "Hangover Part II," has optioned the film rights to Guy Lawson's Rolling Stone article "Arms and the Dudes," reported Variety.

    Lawson's piece tells the improbable story of how a couple of doofuses somehow wrangled a $300-million contract with the U.S. Military to supply weapons to to our allies in Afghanistan. Not surprisingly, the story ends with our "heroes" in federal court.

    Phillips will serve as a producer on the film, but hasn't yet decided if he'll direct.

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