Jonathan Levine Eyes True Chess Champion Tale Brooklyn Castle


Sony Pictures is developing a narrative take on director Katie Dellamaggiore’s recent documentary Brooklyn Castle. Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies) is planning to direct, re-teaming with 50/50 scribe Will Reiser and producers Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and James Weaver.

The original film, released in 2012, is officially described as follows:

Brooklyn Castle tells the stories of five members of the chess team at a below-the-poverty-line inner city junior high school that has won more national championships than any other in the country. The film follows the challenges these kids face in their personal lives as well as on the chessboard, and is as much about the sting of their losses as it is about the anticipation of their victories.

Scott Rudin and Eli Bush are also attached to produce as part of a three-film deal between Sony Pictures, Point Grey and Scott Rudin Productions. One of the other projects in the works from the team is the recently announced Console Wars, also based on a recent feature length documentary. The third, announced last November, is a still-untitled comedy from the team behind the Comedy Central series “Workaholics”.

You can check out a trailer for the Brooklyn Castle documentary in the player below:

Brooklyn Castle Trailer from Producers Distribution Agency on Vimeo.