Sunday, February 05, 2006

Chess Movie Never Made

Bu Walker, of Detroit News draws up a list of "greatest sports movies never made". Among his list is Fischer vs. Spassky: Back to the geo-political intrigue.

The plot would go something like this:

You have an eccentric prodigy in Fischer challenging the Soviet chess dynasty in the midst of the Cold War.

Fischer, a control freak who rarely bothered to show up on time but dazzled with manic bursts of brilliant play, would be a dream part for many actors. You could even foreshadow his dark turn toward anti-Semitism and life on the fringe. Spassky was quieter but chafed against the same Soviet chess establishment that propped him up.


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