SXSW 2012: Sony, Scott Rudin pen remake deal for “Brooklyn Castle”

Sony Pictures and Scott Rudin Productions have signed a deal with the filmmakers behind SXSW hit Brooklyn Castle (pictured) to acquire remake rights for the film, with HBO understood to be keen on acquiring TV rights for the finished doc.
March 13, 2012

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.

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Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.