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Bobby Fischer movie

01.31.2008
Bobby Fischer was one of the most fascinating and controversial figures of the latter half of the 20th century. The American chess Grandmaster became known internationally as a teenager for his chess playing, and in later years attracted lots of negative attention for his run-ins with the US government. He died two weeks ago in Iceland, and now a film called BOBBY FISCHER GOES TO WAR, about his famous 1972 World Chess Championship match against Boris Spassky has been greenlit. Kevin Mcdonald (THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND) is set to direct. Mcdonald just had a close call with his latest film STATE OF PLAY, when Brad Pitt and Ed Norton left the project weeks before production was set to begin (Russell Crowe and Ben Affleck have replaced them). Fischer reached Grandmaster status at 15 and is considered by many to be the greatest chess player of all time. In his later years, paranoia and even anti-Semitism became what he was known for. This film will not be a complete biopic, but instead will focus on his match against Spassky, which became a symbol of the Cold War dual between the US and Russia.
Extra Tidbit: Fischer lived a fascinating life. To find out more about it, head HERE.
Source: Variety

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