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Toronto: Tobey Maguire’s Chess Movie ‘Pawn Sacrifice’ Sells for U.S.

Pawn Sacrifice,” the chess drama starring Tobey Maguire and Liev Schreiber as Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky, has found a U.S. home.

Andrew Karpen’s newly minted distribution company Bleecker Street has  acquired the domestic rights to the movie, which is directed by Ed Zwick from Steven Knight’s screenplay about the 1972 iconic Fischer-Spassky match in Iceland. Peter Sarsgaard also stars.

The deal closed Wednesday at the Toronto Film Festival, a day before the  world premiere of “Pawn Sacrifice.”

It’s the first deal for Bleecker Street, which former Focus Features executive Karpen launched in August.

Producers are Zwick, Gail Katz and Maguire.

CAA and WME Global repped the filmmakers. Lionsgate is handling international sales.

News was first reported by Variety sister site Deadline Hollywood.

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