Ryan Glasspiegel
Tuesday October 1st, 2013

lifeofaking 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.


SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide - from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Seth Davis, and more - delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.