Life Of Doyle Brunson, Two Time World Series Of Poker Main Event Champion, To Be Developed As Biopic
Written by IMN on 5 May 2022
Radar Pictures has secured the life rights to two-time World Series of Poker Main Event champion Doyle Brunson, with plans to develop a biopic on the legendary player. Radar’s Justin Smith will adapt the script from Brunson’s life story, covering his more than half-century as a professional poker player.
Brunson was the first player to win $1 million in poker tournaments and has won ten WSOP bracelets throughout his career, tied with Johnny Chan and Phil Ivey for second all-time, behind Phil Hellmuth’s sixteen bracelets. He is one of only four players to have won the Main Event at the World Series of Poker multiple times. Brunson was the first of six players to win both the WSOP Main Event and a World Poker Tour title. In January 2006, Bluff Magazine voted Brunson the most influential force in the world of poker and he announced his retirement in 2018.
Smith enthused, “There have been many gambling and poker scripts sent to me. 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 will produce for Radar. Doyle Brunson, Brian Balsbaugh, Daniel Cates, Mike Svobodny, Mike McGuiness, Illya Trincher and David Oppenheim will executive produce.