Edward Zwick’s “Pawn Sacrifice,” starring Tobey Maguire as chess grandmaster Bobby Fischer, will finally be released on September 18, 2015. Indie distributor Bleecker Street acquired the well-reviewed film after its Toronto 2014 premiere. This dramatic rendering of Fischer’s 1972 face-off against Russian rival Boris Spassky co-stars Peter Sarsgaard, Liev Schreiber, and Michael Stuhlbarg. Produced by Zwick, Maguire and Gail Katz, “Pawn Sacrifice” was written by celebrated “Locke” scribe and “Peaky Blinders” creator Steven Knight.
Meanwhile, Bleecker will release its hot Sundance pickup “I’ll See You in My Dreams,” starring Blythe Danner and Sam Elliott as 70ish leads, on May 15, 2015. Co-starring Malin Akerman, June Squibb, Rhea Perlman and Mary Kay Place, the winter-years drama follows Danner, who finally gets to play the lead, as a lonely widow who rediscovers her lust for life. The film, which had a standing ovation in Park City, is directed by Brett Haley, who co-wrote with Marc Basch, and produced by Rebecca Green and Laura Smith. (We interviewed Danner and Elliott at Sundance here.)