Maguire is also a producer on the project, which will focus on Fischer’s rise as a chess champion in the 1960s, leading up to the famous match against Soviet player Boris Spassky in 1972, one of the high points of the Cold War.
Maguire is producing via his Material Pictures. Gail Katz is also producing.
Steven Knight wrote the most current draft of the project, which previously had David Fincher attached as director.
Zwick, repped by CAA, last directed Love and Other Drugs. His schedule opened up when The Great Wall, a supernatural period epic project set up Legendary, was delayed while it seeks funding.