Deadline‘s Michael Fleming is reporting that Sony Pictures and producer Scott Rudin have nabbed remake rights to Katie Dellamaggiore‘s Brooklyn Castle, an inner-city social uplift doc (i.e., Undefeated meets chess excellence and budget cuts) that premiered yesterday at South by Southwest. The idea is to remake it as a feature with doses of grit, hardship and inspirational feel-good.
The remake deal was orchestrated by Cinetic Media’s John Sloss.
Dellamaggiore’s doc is about I.S. 318, an inner-city school “where more than 65 percent of students are from homes with incomes below the federal poverty level.” (It’s located at 101 Walton Street, which is just a bit south of the Lorimer stop on the L line — not exactly a bombed-out area.) The twist is that I.S. 138 “has the winning-est junior high school chess team in the country.” And yet public school budget cuts have put the chess program and its accomplishments in jeopardy.