TIFF Buy: Bleecker Street Acquires Ed Zwick’s ‘Pawn Sacrifice’ with Tobey Maguire and Liev Schrieber
TIFF Buy: Bleecker Street Acquires Ed Zwick's 'Pawn Sacrifice' with Tobey Maguire and Liev Schrieber
Bleecker Street has acquired Ed Zwick’s “Pawn Sacrifice” in a low seven figure deal following its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, Deadline reports.
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The drama follows American chess phenomenon Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire) as he squares off against his Russian rival Boris Spassky (Liev Schreiber) in the 1972 “Match of the Century” in Reykjavik. The film, based on a script from Steven Knight (“Eastern Promises”), also features Lily Rabe and Peter Saarsgard.
Bleecker Street is the new distribution company founded by former Focus Features executive Andrew Karpen. Karpen recently added several former Focus Features colleagues to the company’s roster.