According to a piece in the U.S. entertainment magazine "Variety," poker fans may have another movie on their passion in prospect to entertain them despite the poor box office performance of this year's "Deal" production.
The magazine reports that "Deal" director Gill Cates Jr. is to direct a documentary provisionally entitled "Pass the Sugar" that will examine the action and personalities on the nine final-table contestants of the 2005 World Series of Poker Main Event, including the multi-million dollar Australian winner Joe Hachem, formerly a chiropractor.
Variety magazine showcases Cates's track record of six movies, including $pent, The Mesmerist and A Midsummer Night's Rave. His most recent, and best known to poker players, effort was "Deal" which starred Burt Reynolds, Brett Harrison and poker ace actress Shannon Elizabeth. The film turned out to be less than a hit and received poor player and movie critic reviews.
Joe Hachem's brother Tony – himself a poker player – is on the production team for Pass the Sugar, and stars like Jennifer Tilly and Jose Canseco will likely be participants, giving on-film views and opinions.