I guess now that the great Chess master Bobby Fischer has passed into the great chessboard in the sky earlier this month, it's open season on biopics. Variety reports that Last King of Scotland director, Kevin MacDonald, has signed to direct Bobby Fischer Goes to War. The film will be a drama based around Fischer's famous match against Boris Spassky in the 1972 World Chess Championship. Spassky was a seven time Champion and was ranked as one of the top ten players in the world from the 1950's to the 1980's.

Fischer was born in 1943, and by the time he was 15, he was one of the most celebrated players of chess and a Grandmaster. He remains the only American born player to ever win the World Chess Championship. Perhaps, he is most famous for the mystery surrounding his life. As the years passed, Fischer bounced from Hungary, Germany, the Philippines and Japan. At the time of his death he was an Icelandic citizen who had become more and more isolated due to anti-American and anti-Semitic comments that he had made in the press.

The script is based on David Edmonds and John Eidinow's book of the same name. Shawn Slovo (Catch a Fire) has already been tapped to write the script and the story will put the chess match into the context of the real contest that emerged between the Americans and their Cold War combatants. So far there is no word on the cast, or more importantly who will be playing the bizarre Fischer. Production on Bobby Fischer Goes to War will commence later this year, so stay tuned for any updates that come our way.
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