Tobey Maguire hopes he’s a better producer than poker player.
According to Variety, Tobey Maguire is continuing to keep busy by lining up projects under his Maguire Entertainment banner. The latest is something called The Hungry Rabbit Jumps. Variety says Maguire will “topline” which I guess means he plans to star, not just produce. Hey, I’m just being careful, you never know these days–you could say that a producer is toplining something, couldn’t you?
This is what I mean. How complicated is it these days to produce and finance a movie? Look at how many people are involved in just getting this barely gestating one off the ground:
Endgame’s James Stern is producing alongside Maguire and Gordonstreet Pictures’ Ram Bergman. Endgame’s Wendy Japhet is executive producing. Mark Ross is overseeing for Maguire Entertainment.
So that’s three companies involved for starts. How many of these names will be the first things you see when this movie starts in a theater? And wait until they begin to bring in distributors for domestic and international. Yikes.
Now what the heck is this hungry rabbit jumping thing all about? Variety calls the Robert Tannen script a “dramatic thriller in the vein of David Fincher’s The Game.” Hmm. Okay. All I want to know is if real rabbits are involved, do they need to be fed and will any be harmed.
Anyway, when I say Maguire’s been keeping busy, I mean this–he just finished filming Brothers with Jake Gyllenhaal and Natalie Portman. Meanwhile Maguire Entertainment has a bunch of projects scattered around various studios, including Tokyo Suckerpunch and Everything Changes at Columbia Pictures and Hot Plastic at Focus Features. Maguire also just picked up the rights to the comic book series Afterburn. If he picks up a few more projects to star in, any prospective Spider-Man 4 will be about Peter Parker and his midlife crisis.