After the astounding success of Chess based mini-series The Queen’s Gambit, writer and director, Scott Frank, has confirmed a sequel is in the works due for release in 2023.
The Studio Exec sat down with Scott to discuss what we can expect from his eagerly awaited follow-up:
Scott, what can we expect from the eagerly awaited follow-up?
The story will still focus on Beth but there will be some dramatic changes.
Beth is kidnapped by aliens, taken to a distant planet and forced to play Chess. If she wins, planet earth is saved. If she loses, the aliens blow it up.
Ha, very funny.
I’m not joking.
I see. That’s quite the turn of events.
Look, I know it sounds farfetched, but the truth is I wanted to make a sci-fi series next but I’m contractually obliged to make a sequel to The Queen’s Gambit. I didn’t really want to do it but if I have to, I figured I’d combine the two.
So what was the premise of your sci-fi project originally?
It was about a young Monopoly prodigy who is kidnapped by aliens, taken to a distant planet and forced to play Monopoly. If she wins, planet earth is saved. If she loses, the aliens blow it up.
Interesting. Do you have any other scripts in the pipeline?
Lots. I want to dip my toe in several genres. There’s one about a young Scrabble prodigy who is kidnapped by gangsters and forced to play Scrabble. If she wins, her dad’s dry-cleaning business is saved. If she loses, the mob takes it over.
Wow. Very original.
Thanks. There’s another, a Western, about a young Checkers prodigy who is kidnapped by cowboys and forced to play Checkers. If she wins, her dad’s farm is saved. If she loses, the cowboys take it over.
What about horror?
Glad you asked. I wanted my horror movie to be very different and set in the modern day. It’s about a young Fortnite prodigy who is kidnapped by Satan and forced to play Fortnite. If she wins, she keeps her soul. If she loses, the devil takes it.
Do you have any ideas for movies not based on young people being kidnapped and forced to play board or computer games?
Is Hungry Hungry Hippos classed as a board game?
Ah. In which case, no.
The Queen’s Gambit 2 is due for release in 2023