David Fincher is attached to direct the Bobby Fischer biopic Pawn Sacrifice for Columbia. As we reported over the weekend, Fincher is keeping busy as he’s also circling an adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo in addition to his continuing efforts to make a new version of Heavy Metal a reality. Columbia’s eager to be in business with Fincher again as the studio was pleased with his work on The Social Network, which is about the creation of Facebook.
According to Variety, Sacrifice would follow Fischer’s life story up to his historic world championship match against Boris Spassky. But I think the biggest challenge in making a Fischer biopic is that he was a complete douchebag. When Fischer first heard about 9/11, he responded, “This is all wonderful news,” and hoped that a coup d’état of the US government would lead to the execution of, “hundreds of thousands of American Jewish ring-leaders.” He also wrote a letter to Osama Bin Laden celebrating their shared interests of hating Jews and America (although he probably never sent it as Bin Laden’s not really in the White Pages so it’s tough to get an address).
Steven Knight (Eastern Promises) recently turned in a screenplay and I trust that Fincher is one of the few people that could make a compelling movie about a brilliant chess player/bat-shit insane hate-fountain.