Fincher to Direct Bobby Fischer Movie ‘Pawn Sacrifice’

Published 4 years ago by , Updated March 9th, 2013 at 1:40 pm,

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David Fincher’s filmmaking style can easily be compared to a game of chess in its strategy, intelligence, and attention to detail. Now, the Oscar-nominated director (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) has aligned himself to direct upcoming biopic Pawn Sacrifice, the story of chess great Bobby Fischer.

That name may sound familiar because we already got a film about Fischer in 1993, entitled Searching For Bobby Fischer. Still, that  Joe Mantegna/Laurence Fishburne film was an indirect tale told through the eyes of a boy looking for the chess hero – this new film would be David Fincher’s version of A Beautiful Mind.

After all, the comparisons between Bobby Fischer and Mind‘s John Nash are close, considering their at times frayed states of mind and escape from reality into a world of unique talent. The story, penned by Steven Wright, has been a hit in Hollywood, landing on the famous Black List (Hollywood’s best unproduced scripts).

“The film chronicles the events leading up to [Fischer's]  famous world championship match against Boris Spassky.”

It looks like Russians are back in the role of Hollywood’s go-to villain, especially considering the implications of upcoming films like Iron Man 2. However, this Fischer storyline is good for the film. The Cold War chess match was a big story in the late 60s and people still don’t really know it. Chess was the battlefield for supremacy of the mind, while space, the nuclear arms race, and the hockey rink served as venues for other cultural wars.

Remember why Rocky IV was so tolerable? It was that same (awesome) “America-hell-yeah!” approach. Imagine that, but with a well-written story and a legitimate director at the helm.

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The cast for Pawn Sacrifice has not been announced, let alone assembled as far as we know – but with Tobey Maguire listed as a producer, don’t be surprised if he ends up starring as well. He is a good fit for Fischer, not only physically but performance wise, considering his role in Brothers depicting a massive mental breakdown.

David Fincher is a busy man, announcing his involvement in the adaptation of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and finishing up the Facebook movie, The Social Network.

Pawn Sacrifice is slated for a 2013 release from Columbia Pictures.

Source: MovieWeb via Variety

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  1. Tobey Maguire as Bobby Fischer sounds like a disaster! I don't dislike him or anything, but not for this part.

  2. I'd have thought Fischer's life after the Spassky match would be just as if not more interesting. I can't see Tobey Maguire as Fischer either.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPIXC3M8hbg

  3. Not to nitpick but (incoming nitpick) _Searching for Bobby Fischer_ had very little to do with Bobby Fischer directly other than hitting on a few biographical points of his life. The title primarily refers to those that are looking for the *next* Bobby Fischer. The boy in the film is a potential candidate. None of the characters are literally searching for Bobby. It was a great film and made me want to learn more about him so I am really looking forward to the biopic. Tobey Maguire? I don't know. I'm sure he could give a good performance but I do have a hard time picturing him for the role.

  4. Not to nitpick but (incoming nitpick) _Searching for Bobby Fischer_ had very little to do with Bobby Fischer directly other than hitting on a few biographical points of his life. The title primarily refers to those that are looking for the *next* Bobby Fischer. The boy in the film is a potential candidate. None of the characters are literally searching for Bobby. It was a great film and made me want to learn more about him so I am really looking forward to the biopic. Tobey Maguire? I don't know. I'm sure he could give a good performance but I do have a hard time picturing him for the role.

  5. Christopher Eccleston from England should be Bobby Fischer

    • Absolutely perfect casting is Christopher Eccleston as Bobby Fischer. Not only does he really look like the great chess champion but he is also a versatile enough actoe to totally succeed in such a role. I hope it happens.

  6. Chris Eccleston was in the movie “Shallow Grave” and also played doctor who, which regardless of looks should have some things in common with fischer, I mean doctor who/fischer hehe

  7. Chris Eccleston was in the movie “Shallow Grave” and also played doctor who, which regardless of looks should have some things in common with fischer, I mean doctor who/fischer hehe

  8. Ben Affleck should play Bobby Fischer in this movie. He has the right “look” and the passion for the part. If he is offered the part, and he takes the part, Ben should then go to france and talk to Boris Spassky about Fischer so he can play this role to it’s utmost. If this director does pay close attention to detail and it comes out in the movie,people will just be stunned at Fischer’s high IQ (in the high 180′s!) and his fantastic memory! He could remember moves he had made from blitz games that he had played from 15 years before!!

  9. i would like to think whoever gets the role to play Robert James Fisher that they will do it justice,and do there research-i definately would not go for tobby maguire i feel he has no presence on screen a decent actor an all but please not to play sir Booby!!actually the lad who played his brother in “Brothers” would be a great choice imo!!I’m thrilled that Fincher has taken on this movie as he’s very high profiled name at the moment and i think this could help generate a huge interest in my greatest passion the beautiful game chess:)

  10. Barry Pepper looks more like him and he may bring a more intense performance.

  11. Good (: