According to Variety, Warner Bros. has acquired screen rights to the book "One of a Kind: The Rise and Fall of Stuey 'The Kid' Ungar," about one of poker's biggest stars and its most tragic casualty.
The Aviator producer Graham King will produce the feature adaptation through his Initial Entertainment Group banner.
Ungar came from nowhere to best seasoned card players, winning back-to-back World Series of Poker crowns by his mid-20s. He cashed an estimated $30 million in chips over his short career. His self-destructive personality led him to run through that entire fortune, and he was penniless by the time he died of a drug overdose in Las Vegas in 1998.
King, who is now producing for WB the Martin Scorsese-directed The Departed, with Leonardo DiCaprio, and developing "Shantaram" with Johnny Depp, said he would head to Vegas for some poker reconnaissance. He expects a writer to be hired shortly.