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Radar Pictures Gets Rights To Produce a Movie on Doyle Brunson’s Life

Written By: Maya Michaels | May 5, 2022 | Posted In Poker News

The production studio Radar Pictures has reportedly secured the rights to an upcoming movie about the life of poker legend Doyle Brunson.

According to Deadline, Radar Pictures will develop the biopic with screenwriter and poker player Justin “Boosted J” Smith involved the project. Radar Pictures developed movies such as Jumanji, The Last Samurai, Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, among many others. In total, Radar has produced 80 films, according to its website.

Brunson, a 10-time WSOP bracelet winner, has been a fixture in the poker world for decades, and still plays high stakes poker to this day. He’s 88.

“There have been many gambling and poker scripts sent to me,” Smith said. “None of them has intrigued me as much as Doyle’s story. There’s no better life story than Doyle’s that I know of. Having played the biggest poker games with Doyle myself, I’m extremely honored to be in a unique position to be able to help tell his story and capture the environment accurately from an insider perspective.”

Smith and Ted Field, CEO and Chairman of Radar Pictures, will produce the film for Radar, Deadline reported.

Brunson himself, his agent Brian Balsbaugh, along with poker players/gamblers Daniel Cates, Mike Svobodny, Mike McGuiness, Illya Trincher, and David Oppenheim will be executive producers.

“I met Doyle for the first time when he was 88,” Field said. “From the twinkle in his eye, I was immediately aware that even at that age, with his razor-sharp mind he could still be formidable in any proposition he might undertake. If Doyle wants to bet with you, look out. His improbable life story needs to be told with all its rollercoaster ups and downs and we at Radar feel privileged to have the chance to do it justice.“

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