Picturehouse and New Line have acquired rights to “The King of Kong,” a documentary that premieres in competition at Slamdance tonight.
“The King of Kong” chronicles a rivalry between two gamers, Steve Wiebe and Billy Mitchell, as they battle for the title of world champ of the arcade game.
Wiebe struggles to stop a personal losing streak, whilst the ruthless record holder Mitchell routinely compares himself to Helen of Troy and the Red Baron.
Picturehouse won rights to distribute the documentary in theaters this summer, while New Line gets remake rights and control of docu distribution rights outside North America.
According to Variety, New Line will fast-track a feature remake, with the original’s director Seth Gordon attached to helm.