Ed Zwick to Direct 'Pawn Sacrifice with Maguire as Bobby Fischer
Since the release of Love and Other Drugs, director Edward Zwick has been linked to a couple projects like The Great Wall with Henry Cavill and an adaptation of Vince Flynn's American Assassin. However, we've yet to hear anything on those projects and now Zwick has a new project looking to shoot next year. Deadline has word that Zwick is in talks to direct Pawn Sacrifice, the life story of American chess icon Bobby Fischer leading up to his historic world championship match against Boris Spassky in 1972. But the film won't focus on any of the time after that when Fischer became a bit of an unstable recluse. More below!
Actor Tobey Maguire has been attached to the project since 2010 to play Fischer, and it sounds like he's still on board as Zwick moves to sit in the director's chair. This time in history was one of the most exciting for the game of chess as the world eagerly watched the World Chess Championship between Fischer and Russian Boris Spassky in the tense Cold War-era. There hasn't really been much in the vein of chess drama since Searching for Bobby Fischer, though the documentary Bobby Fischer Against the World did paint a thorough portrait of the chess player from his unbelievable skills on the board to his troubled mind later in life. This should be quite a role for Maguire to undertake and could result on some Oscar love when the time comes if The Great Gatsby or Jason Reitman's Labor Day don't do the trick before then.