*An acclaimed documentary about an undefeated junior high school chess team from the inner city is about to become a scripted feature film.
Sony Pictures has just set “50/50” writer Will Reiser and that film’s director Jonathan Levine to craft a feature from “Brooklyn Castle,” based on the Katie Dellamaggiore-directed documentary about the trials and tribulations of the champion chess team at I.S. 318, a junior high school in Brooklyn where more than 65% of students come from homes with incomes below the federal poverty level and where budget cuts threaten to derail its chessboard dominance.
Scott Rudin Productions’ Scott Rudin and Eli Bush and Point Grey’s Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and James Weaver are teaming to produce. Rogen starred for Levine in the touching cancer scare drama/comedy “50/50,” and he and Goldberg produced the film.
“Brooklyn Castle” won the Audience Award at SXSW, and it was around the time that Rudin first acquired the remake rights.
Watch the trailer below.