Hollywood takes on Calgary's 'mysterious and sexy' Bre-X scandal

Twenty years ago, a small Calgary-based mining company called Bre-X Minerals duped thousands of people out of millions of dollars.

On Friday, the story of that company will be cast onto the big screen as the basis for the movie Gold, starring Matthew McConaughey.

It has all the hallmarks of a classic Hollywood con man movie: money, luck, greed — even a suspicious death.