LA Film Fest
Variety reports that Millenium has bought the rights to distribute Life of a King, a movie in which Cuba Gooding Jr. plays Eugene Brown, a man who started a chess club for inner city students in Washington D.C. after he had been jailed for 18 years. The film was co-written by Jake Goldberger, David Scott, and acclaimed Yahoo sportswriter Dan Wetzel, and is currently scheduled for an early 2014 release.
NBC interviewed the movie's subject in 2007:
It's not lost on some players that white moves first, Brown said; in fact, it's a life lesson.
"You've got to take the initiative, no matter that someone else has it first," said Brown, who is producing a documentary on the region's black chess scene. "All that 'white moves first, white people do this and white people do that' — that is only an excuse, and if you give a chess player an excuse, they are more likely to fail. That's the same in life."
It will be interesting to see where Life of a King ranks among past great chess films, including Searching for Bobby Fischer, The Luzhin Defence, and The Seventh Seal.