David Fincher to helm chess drama, PAWN SACRIFICE

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
March 15th, 2010

What a way to kick off a week, right?

According to Variety (via The Playlist), David Fincher will helm the upcoming Columbia Pictures film, PAWN SACRIFICE, with Tobey Maguire on board not only as a producer, but to possibly star as well.

The film follows the 1972 victory by U.S. chess player Bobby Fischer over Russian Boris Spassky, which culminated in Fischer taking the world title.  A script, penned by Steven Wright (EASTERN PROMISES) was recently handed in to the studio, and reportedly attracted the highest level of talent, which is how we got to where we are today, with Fincher’s second team up with Columbia, after the upcoming THE SOCIAL NETWORK.

Personally, I think Fischer’s story is not only one that is inherently interesting, particularly the events following this “Cold War Battle,” but it’s also one that I think is a rather interesting choice for the filmmaker to take on.  Most likely Fincher’s feature follow up to THE SOCIAL NETWORK (Heavy Metal may come before, but he would most likely only direct a segment), it’s one that I’m quite looking forward to, especially to see how he works with Maguire.  Really, Fincher could direct my brother eating a sandwich, and I would go see it, so anything he does will peak my interest.

What do you think?

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