Poker Pro Chris “Jesus” Ferguson To Make MoviesApril 16, 2010 10:07 am
After 18 months spent trying to convince Full Tilt Poker’s Chris “Jesus”Ferguson to come on board, Hollywood producer Robin Schorr was finally able to get the poker pro to invest in a new film/TV company, called RCR Pictures.
Ferguson, along with his business partner Ray Bitar, will now become lead investors in RCR Pictures and although the extent of their commitments are not yet known, the amounts of “$5 or $10 million” were mentioned by Schorr as ballpark figures.
Although investing in Hollywood doesn’t come without risks, Chris Ferguson was eventually won over by Robin Schorr, and was obviously impressed by the dedication and perseverance of the acclaimed producer who has spent the last five year acquiring funding for the company.
Robin Schorr also has an impressive resume in the film industry and has producer credits dating back to 1998. Her achievements include being executive producer of the Academy Award nominated documentary “Food, Inc,” as well as producing The Prince And Me and Peaceful Warrior.
Schorr’s father Len Kleinrock, also has an interesting historic connection to Ferguson as he was the Full Tilt pro’s PhD advisor at UCLA, as well as being one of the pioneers of the internet after working on a project which successfully transmitted the first message between two computers back in 1969.
Commenting on the deal, Robin Schorr said: “My approach starts with a love of writers and underlying material, and it made sense to them that if you own great stories and scripted material, a lot of amazing movies and television projects can grow from that. And, yes, I would love to find a poker movie.”
However, poker fans will have to wait a while longer before that happens as the first movie to made by RCR Pictures will be a remake of the 1966 Steve McQueen film, Nevada Smith. The story deals with the theme of revenge after a man who has his parents murdered then proceeds to enact his vengeance on the three crime families responsible for the atrocity.