Deal director takes on poker documentary

Joseph Hachem
Joe Hachem is at the center of a new documentary by Gill Cates Jr.

Apparently the box office debacle that was Deal will not deter its director from taking another shot at bringing the poker world to the big screen.

According to a story in Variety, Gill Cates Jr. will direct a documentary titled Pass the Sugar, which will focus on the nine final-table contestants of the 2005 WSOP Main Event, including eventual winner Joe Hachem. Poker fans will remember that Hachem was short-stacked for much of the final table before eventually overcoming Steve Dannenmann in heads-up play.

Cates has directed six motion pictures including $pent, The Mesmerist and A Midsummer Night's Rave although he also works as an actor and producer. Most recently Cates directed Deal, which starred Burt Reynolds, Bret Harrison and Shannon Elizabeth. The plot featured an ex-gambler teaching a college kid how to play poker. The film was poorly received both critically and commercially.

For Pass the Sugar Cates has once again teamed up with producer Caitlin Murray. The pair previously worked on The Chaos Theory, a thriller which is currently in postproduction. Also on the producing team for the poker documentary is Joe Hachem's brother Tony Hachem.

Jennifer Tilly and Jose Canseco's names have also been mentioned with regard to the documentary and will likely be featured in interviews.

Cates seems to have an association with the world of gambling and poker, as the movie $pent followed a chronic gambler.

There was no word as to when the documentary will begin shooting.

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