Alums Beat Hollywood Odds to Make a "Life of a King"

Cuba Gooding in "Life of a King"
Thursday, January 16, 2014

Classmates Dan Wetzel '94 (journalism), Yahoo! Sports columnist, and David Scott '94 (journalism/political science), a director for communications at ESPN, have another title to add to their resumes: Screenwriters. Wetzel and Scott are the co-writers, along with director Jake Goldberger, for the new film, “Life of a King,” which opens in theaters and on other platforms on Friday, January 17, 2014. Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr. plays Eugene Brown, a real person in Washington D.C. who after serving 18 years in prison went on to use chess as a means to keep inner-city kids off the streets.

After watching “Life of a King” for the first time, Scott had this reaction: “We did it. We actually made a real movie. And it starred an Oscar winner. I mean, that just doesn’t happen.” But it did. Read more about it here.