Sony Pictures and Scott Rudin Productions have signed a deal with the filmmakers behind Brooklyn Castle (pictured), a documentary which premiered at SXSW in Texas over the weekend, to acquire remake rights for the film.
Unusually, the remake deal comes with the finished doc not yet having a broadcaster or a distributor in place, although realscreen understands that HBO is highly interested in acquiring the film after seeing it in Austin.
Brooklyn Castle follows students and teachers at Intermediate School 318, a public school in Brooklyn, New York, which produces an inordinate number of highly gifted chess players and has won 26 national chess titles — more than any other junior high school in the country.
The news was announced onstage yesterday by the film’s director Katie Dellamaggiore, following a second screening of the film in Austin.
The agreement is the latest in a string of high profile remake deals for documentaries, with Scott Rudin Productions earlier this year having signed on to remake Sundance hit Indie Game: The Movie; musician Sean Combs having joined the team for a planned remake of Oscar-winner Undefeated; and Hollywood indie 1492 Pictures having inked a remakes pipeline deal with docs company Ro*Co Productions.
For an in-depth look into the recent craze for doc remakes, check out the March/April issue of realscreen magazine, publishing later this month.