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I Lost on Jeopardy! But I Fell in Love

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | December 15, 2009 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | December 15, 2009 |

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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