Bleecker Street jumped into the acquisitions fray for the first time in a splashy way at last fall’s Toronto Film Festival, sealing a seven-figure deal for Pawn Sacrifice. The Ed Zwick-directed drama that stars Tobey Maguire as iconic U.S. chess champion Bobby Fischer and Liev Schreiber as Russian champ Boris Spassky, whom Fischer challenged in a historic match that captured the world’s attention in 1972 at the height of the Cold War. Now its Bleecker Street’s most prominent release yet: It hits theaters September 18.
The Steven Knight-scripted drama covers Fischer’s rise leading up to the historic match, but the trailer also reveals that the film delves into maybe the more intriguing side of the board: the prodigy’s well-documented struggles with his genius and mental illness. He lived in exile in Iceland until his death in 2008.