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Date: 31 Jan 2008 06:28:59
From: RookHouse
Subject: Kevin Macdonald to direct "Bobby Fischer Goes to War."
Universal and Working Title partners Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner have
tapped Kevin Macdonald to direct "Bobby Fischer Goes to War." The
drama about the upstart chess whiz's triumph over Boris Spassky in the
World Chess Championship in 1972 is scripted by Shawn Slovo, based on
the book by David Edmonds and John Eidinow.....


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Date: 01 Feb 2008 10:59:20
From: Larry Tapper
Subject: Re: Kevin Macdonald to direct "Bobby Fischer Goes to War."
On Feb 1, 11:58=A0am, ttk5...@gmail.com wrote:
> On Feb 1, 10:34=A0am, Mike Murray <mikemur...@despammed.com> wrote:
>
> > On Fri, 1 Feb 2008 05:37:48 -0800 (PST), Taylor Kingston
>
> > <tkings...@chittenden.com> wrote:
> > > =A0I can imagine few people harder to direct than Fischer. The most
> > >temperamental diva would have been putty by comparison. He would have
> > >been like Michael Dorsey (Dustin Hoffman) in the early scenes of
> > >"Tootsie," only much more so. At least they won't have that problem if
> > >this one goes to production.
>
> > John Turturro would be a natural as Fischer. =A0Of course, getting
> > typecast as a tortured chess genius might be a career risk...
>
> =A0 Good one! Turturro's a bit old now, though, to play the Fischer of
> 1972. A few off-the-top-of-my-head suggestions:
>
> =A0 Fischer -- Nicholas Cage
> =A0 Spassky -- Johnny Depp, Kiefer Sutherland, or Stellan Skarsg=E5rd
> =A0 Max Euwe -- Frank Langella
> =A0 Ed Edmonson -- Jack Nicholson
> =A0 Nikolai Krogius -- Danny DeVito
> =A0 Leonid Brezhnev -- Joss Ackland

I like it. I was thinking it would be a nice touch to cast Jeroen
Krabbe as Euwe. Tim Krabbe, the novelist and collector of chess
curiosities, is his brother. And Jeroen is after all a tall Dutchman
with a certain gravitas.

In the Fischer role, I'd like to see Christopher Walken playing it for
laughs. Just a thought...

LT


 
Date: 01 Feb 2008 08:58:24
From:
Subject: Re: Kevin Macdonald to direct "Bobby Fischer Goes to War."
On Feb 1, 10:34=A0am, Mike Murray <mikemur...@despammed.com > wrote:
> On Fri, 1 Feb 2008 05:37:48 -0800 (PST), Taylor Kingston
>
> <tkings...@chittenden.com> wrote:
> > =A0I can imagine few people harder to direct than Fischer. The most
> >temperamental diva would have been putty by comparison. He would have
> >been like Michael Dorsey (Dustin Hoffman) in the early scenes of
> >"Tootsie," only much more so. At least they won't have that problem if
> >this one goes to production.
>
> John Turturro would be a natural as Fischer. =A0Of course, getting
> typecast as a tortured chess genius might be a career risk...

Good one! Turturro's a bit old now, though, to play the Fischer of
1972. A few off-the-top-of-my-head suggestions:

Fischer -- Nicholas Cage
Spassky -- Johnny Depp, Kiefer Sutherland, or Stellan Skarsg=E5rd
Max Euwe -- Frank Langella
Ed Edmonson -- Jack Nicholson
Nikolai Krogius -- Danny DeVito
Leonid Brezhnev -- Joss Ackland


  
Date: 01 Feb 2008 14:00:18
From: Chess One
Subject: Re: Kevin Macdonald to direct "Bobby Fischer Goes to War."

<ttk5079@gmail.com > wrote in message
news:e0dc2036-4aaf-4127-a76a-f3293e671269@s8g2000prg.googlegroups.com...
On Feb 1, 10:34 am, Mike Murray <mikemur...@despammed.com > wrote:
> On Fri, 1 Feb 2008 05:37:48 -0800 (PST), Taylor Kingston
>
> <tkings...@chittenden.com> wrote:
> > I can imagine few people harder to direct than Fischer. The most
> >temperamental diva would have been putty by comparison. He would have
> >been like Michael Dorsey (Dustin Hoffman) in the early scenes of
> >"Tootsie," only much more so. At least they won't have that problem if
> >this one goes to production.
>
> John Turturro would be a natural as Fischer. Of course, getting
> typecast as a tortured chess genius might be a career risk...

Good one! Turturro's a bit old now, though, to play the Fischer of
1972. A few off-the-top-of-my-head suggestions:

Fischer -- Nicholas Cage

**Yeah!

Spassky -- Johnny Depp, Kiefer Sutherland, or Stellan Skarsgård

**Keifer can be the bad boy-genius. Good one!

Max Euwe -- Frank Langella
Ed Edmonson -- Jack Nicholson

**ROFL! but not really...

Nikolai Krogius -- Danny DeVito

**ROFL!!!

Leonid Brezhnev -- Joss Ackland

**Evans? : I'd prefer Jack for this role. We also gotta get Henry Kissinger
and Nixon into this, plus a token woman. Maybe the Beverley Sisters?

Phil Innes




 
Date: 01 Feb 2008 05:37:48
From: Taylor Kingston
Subject: Re: Kevin Macdonald to direct "Bobby Fischer Goes to War."
On Feb 1, 8:12=A0am, "parrthe...@cs.com" <parrthe...@cs.com > wrote:
> ITS NOT A DONE DEAL UNTIL IT'S DONE
>
> Books are optioned for films all the time, and the films are never
> made.
>
> For example, Peter Falk optioned the rights to BOBBY FISCHER VS. THE
> REST OF THE WORLD by Brad Darrach. Milos Forman was slated to direct.
> In his autobiography, Forman said that he wanted Fischer and Spassky
> to play themselves. At the time Forman was filming the musical "HAIR"
> and describes his meetings with Bobby =A0-- which convinced him not to
> make the film.

I can imagine few people harder to direct than Fischer. The most
temperamental diva would have been putty by comparison. He would have
been like Michael Dorsey (Dustin Hoffman) in the early scenes of
"Tootsie," only much more so. At least they won't have that problem if
this one goes to production.


  
Date: 01 Feb 2008 13:31:17
From: Chess One
Subject: Re: Kevin Macdonald to direct "Bobby Fischer Goes to War."

"Taylor Kingston" <tkingston@chittenden.com > wrote in message
news:5afebad4-ac9b-4b5f-b759-a4aeaa731f8d@l1g2000hsa.googlegroups.com...
On Feb 1, 8:12 am, "parrthe...@cs.com" <parrthe...@cs.com > wrote:
> ITS NOT A DONE DEAL UNTIL IT'S DONE
>
> Books are optioned for films all the time, and the films are never
> made.
>
> For example, Peter Falk optioned the rights to BOBBY FISCHER VS. THE
> REST OF THE WORLD by Brad Darrach. Milos Forman was slated to direct.
> In his autobiography, Forman said that he wanted Fischer and Spassky
> to play themselves. At the time Forman was filming the musical "HAIR"
> and describes his meetings with Bobby -- which convinced him not to
> make the film.

I can imagine few people harder to direct than Fischer.

**That's the truth. Just a couple years ago with a potential match
situation, he wanted to know the parentage and grand-parentage of the film
crew, in case they were J**s. That is when I told Saemi P, I about had
enough. Phil Innes

The most
temperamental diva would have been putty by comparison. He would have
been like Michael Dorsey (Dustin Hoffman) in the early scenes of
"Tootsie," only much more so. At least they won't have that problem if
this one goes to production.




  
Date: 01 Feb 2008 07:34:57
From: Mike Murray
Subject: Re: Kevin Macdonald to direct "Bobby Fischer Goes to War."
On Fri, 1 Feb 2008 05:37:48 -0800 (PST), Taylor Kingston
<tkingston@chittenden.com > wrote:

> I can imagine few people harder to direct than Fischer. The most
>temperamental diva would have been putty by comparison. He would have
>been like Michael Dorsey (Dustin Hoffman) in the early scenes of
>"Tootsie," only much more so. At least they won't have that problem if
>this one goes to production.

John Turturro would be a natural as Fischer. Of course, getting
typecast as a tortured chess genius might be a career risk...


 
Date: 01 Feb 2008 05:12:23
From: parrthenon@cs.com
Subject: Re: Kevin Macdonald to direct "Bobby Fischer Goes to War."
ITS NOT A DONE DEAL UNTIL IT'S DONE

Books are optioned for films all the time, and the films are never
made.

For example, Peter Falk optioned the rights to BOBBY FISCHER VS. THE
REST OF THE WORLD by Brad Darrach. Milos Forman was slated to direct.
In his autobiography, Forman said that he wanted Fischer and Spassky
to play themselves. At the time Forman was filming the musical "HAIR"
and describes his meetings with Bobby -- which convinced him not to
make the film.

David Richerby wrote:
> Taylor Kingston <tkingston@chittenden.com> wrote:
> > Very interesting. I wonder who will play Fischer and Spassky? And
> > how much history will be rewritten for the sake of drama?
>
> Well, they *always* change the ending. So Spassky's gonna win.
>
>
> Dave.
>
> --
> David Richerby Electronic Dangerous Widget (TM): it's
> www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~davidr/ like a thingy but it could explode at
> any minute and it uses electricity!


 
Date: 31 Jan 2008 08:19:08
From: Taylor Kingston
Subject: Re: Kevin Macdonald to direct "Bobby Fischer Goes to War."
On Jan 31, 9:28=A0am, RookHouse <mor...@rookhouse.com > wrote:
> Universal and Working Title partners Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner have
> tapped Kevin Macdonald to direct "Bobby Fischer Goes to War." =A0The
> drama about the upstart chess whiz's triumph over Boris Spassky in the
> World Chess Championship in 1972 is scripted by Shawn Slovo, based on
> the book by David Edmonds and John Eidinow.....
>
> Click here to view entire article:http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117979=
908.html?categoryid=3D13&cs=3D1

Very interesting. I wonder who will play Fischer and Spassky? And
how much history will be rewritten for the sake of drama?


  
Date: 31 Jan 2008 17:18:43
From: David Richerby
Subject: Re: Kevin Macdonald to direct "Bobby Fischer Goes to War."
Taylor Kingston <tkingston@chittenden.com > wrote:
> Very interesting. I wonder who will play Fischer and Spassky? And
> how much history will be rewritten for the sake of drama?

Well, they *always* change the ending. So Spassky's gonna win.


Dave.

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Date: 31 Jan 2008 15:23:26
From: David Richerby
Subject: Re: Kevin Macdonald to direct "Bobby Fischer Goes to War."
RookHouse <morphy@rookhouse.com > wrote:
> The drama about the upstart chess whiz's triumph over Boris Spassky
> in the World Chess Championship in 1972 is scripted by Shawn Slovo

Aaaaaaagh. I read that as ``... scripted by Sam Sloan.''

My mind is going. I can feel it,


Dave.

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and it wants to kill you!