Checkmate: Tobey Maguire’s Chess Drama ‘Pawn Sacrifice’ Heads to Bleecker Street

Toronto 2014: Andrew Karpen’s new distribution company has made its first buy at the festival

Last Updated: September 10, 2014 @ 10:40 PM

Andrew Karpen’s Bleecker Street has made its first move at the Toronto International Film Festival, picking up Ed Zwick’s chess drama “Pawn Sacrifice,” which stars Tobey Maguire as Bobby Fischer and Liev Schreiber as his rival, Boris Spassky.

An individual with knowledge of the deal told TheWrap that Bleecker Street and others buyers were given an early look at the film on Sept. 5, since it doesn’t officially debut until Thursday, Sept. 11.

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Steven Knight wrote the script, which chronicles 1972’s Match of the Century, which took place at the height of the Cold War.

Peter Sarsgaard co-stars in the film, which Maguire produced with Zwick and Gail Katz.

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The deal was negotiated by CAA and WME Global, while Lionsgate is handling international sales.