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Friday, February 7, 2014
Norfolk’s Lotto winner Michael Carroll could be set for another bumper payday with Hollywood bosses said to have signed him up for a film about his life.
Mr Carroll, 30, won £9.7m on the lottery in 2002 and then famously spent it all.
Earlier this year, it was reported that he had been given a room in a homeless hostel in Inverness after being dismissed from his job at the shortbread packing works.
It has now been reported that moviemakers have signed a contract with the former dustman and he is hoping that EastEnders hardman Danny Dyer will play him.
He is said to have been approached last December by film producer Jonathan Sanford, who said his firm Art Linson Productions wanted to make a movie based on his life.
The film company has produced hits such as Heat, Pushing Tin and The Assassin.
Contracts are reported to have been drawn up and signed, with the film company paying £600 for the rights to the story.
The contract could net hundreds of thousands once the film, Be Careful What You Wish For, is on the big screen. Character names will be changed to divert attention from Mr Carroll and his family.
Close friend Carl Chapman, 43, said: “They want to make a film about his life based on the biography but there’s a lot more to Michael than people might think.
“He is off the drugs and the drink and he is happy. He was made redundant from his last job in a biscuit factory, he wasn’t sacked, and he went straight out and got another job in the slaughterhouse.
“The movie offer just came completely out of the blue. He wants Danny Dyer to play him.”
Last year Mr Carroll left his former home in Felbrigg Road, Downham Market, to move to Scotland.
He had previously splashed out on a mansion near Swaffham and turned his garden into a banger racing track.
After being jailed for nine months for affray and breaching a drug testing order, in 2006, he said he planned to turn over a new leaf and become a celebrity.