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Another Romantic Comedy! Two in One Day!

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | June 2, 2009 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | June 2, 2009 |

Not content to actually cast Alyssa Milano in a genre appropriate film, Hollywood has done it again! (Pardon me. I’m feeling a little punch drunk this morning.) Tobey Maguire — who has never really done a romantic comedy before, but thought: Fuck it. If Katherine Heigl can do it, so can Spiderman! — is producing and starring in an adaptation of Isaac Adamson’s novel, Tokyo Suckerpunch (yeah. Go back and read it again. Slower. It’s Adamson. Not Asimov). Ed Solomon is writing, and if that makes you do a happy dance, you might want to break your kneecaps (Solomon also penned the forthcoming Eddie Murphy fantasy shitfest, Imagine That).

Anyway, according to Sci-Fi Wire, Solomon thinks this is the movie that will finally be able to help Maguire separate himself form the Spiderman character (that separation will be short-lived, since he’s going to go back and do another Spiderman, but whatevs). Anyway, according to Solomon, this is what the movie is about:

“He’s a graphic novelist who lives in Cleveland and writes a graphic novel about himself that he sets in Tokyo,” Solomon said. “He has a certain fantasia of what Japan is and has a certain fantasia of what a real woman is. Neither exists in reality, but he goes off to Tokyo in pursuit of this fantasy woman.”

Tokyo is precisely where I’d go to find my fantasy woman. Everything I know about Tokyo I learned from Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift and those ladies were hot!

So, who will play that fantasy woman? Anne Hathaway is in negotiations to do so. And she’s just perfect cause she’s actually been in romantic comedies before. Like Bride Wars. She can totally show Maguire the ropes. She can teach him how to pratfall. Spill wine on his pants. And kiss in a way that real people don’t actually kiss, but it looks good on camera!

According to Solmon: “He goes there with his editor, to be played by Anne Hathaway, and ends up it’s a love story about him and Anne Hathaway, basically, and it’s really about a guy figuring out what matters to him.”

Wow! A romantic comedy where two people who aren’t romantically engaged actually become romantically engaged. Oh, Hollywood! What will you think of next?!

Gary Ross (Pleasantville) is set to direct.

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