Jonathan Levine To Storm Brooklyn Castle

He and 50/50's Will Reiser will adapt the documentary


Team 50/50 clearly cannot get enough of working together. Earlier this month, we learned that director Jonathan Levine and stars Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt were planning a reunion for an untitled Christmas comedy. Levine and Rogen are also involved in another project, an adaptation of chess documentary Brooklyn Castle.

The 50/50 connection doesn’t end there. Sony has that film’s writer, Will Reiser, set to write a film based on Katie Dellamaggiore’s documentary. Brooklyn Castle followed the trials and triumphs of the students from I.S. 318, an inner city junior high school in New York where more than 65 percent of the students comes from homes living below the U.S. government poverty level. Budget cuts constantly threaten the school’s chess programme and the kids must battle their own personal issues while perfecting their game.

It’s all part of a trio of film collaborations between Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s Point Grey production company and Scott Rudin. The second is Console Wars, which was announced a few days ago, and the third will come from the Mail Order Comedy troupe of Anders Holm, Adam DeVine and Blake Anderson, who together make the US TV comedy Workaholics. The movie will be a separate project, but there are no details just yet.