I Lost on Jeopardy! But I Fell in Love
Tobey Maguire, through his production company, Maguire Entertainment, is developing Prisoners of Trebek for 20th Century Fox. Maguire is attached to star in the film, which is about a man who attempts to master "Jeopardy," but ultimately finds himself and falls in love. It's based on a true story; William Wheeler (The Hoax) wrote the script.
Not much more is known about the film, except that it will be a heartstring-playing pic with elements of a Charlie Kaufman film. Mark Gordon (Saving Private Ryan, 2012) is producing, and the search is on for directors. A couple of names have been mentioned, including Goran Duric (The Wristcutters) and Raymond De Felitta (Two Family House), but they're really looking for an A-list director to take on the project.
The project seems to suit Maguire, inasmuch as I can envision him as a "Jeopardy" guru, and he certainly has the talent (see his phenomenal performance in Brothers), but he's never really taken a romantic lead before. If there are, indeed, Kaufman elements, then at least this one wouldn't be a traditional romantic drama.
Maguire has several projects in the pipeline (Including Spider-man 4 and Gary Ross' The Details, which is in pre-production), but he doesn't otherwise have a go project beyond that. I don't know where Prisoners of Trebek would line up among his future projects, though I would think it would depend on who they get as a director, and how their schedules work out.
(Source: The Hollywood Cog)
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