Tobey Maguire to Star in 'Prisoners of Trebek' Jeopardy Film
Now this just sounds like it could be good. Pajiba is reporting that Tobey Maguire has been cast in a new film called Prisoners of Trebek that Maguire Entertainment is developing for 20th Century Fox. The film is about a man who attempts to master Jeopardy (hosted by Alex Trebek), but ultimately finds himself and falls in love. It's based on a true story with a script written by William Wheeler (The Prime Gig, The Hoax). They don't know too much else about this, except that "it will be a heartstring-playing pic with elements of a Charlie Kaufman film." I'm in! See what I mean about how this sounds like it could be pretty damn good?
No director is attached yet. Producer Mark Gordon (The Hoax, The Messenger, 2012) is currently searching and wants an A-list director. It sounds like we won't exactly see this next year, but if they find a director and get things moving quickly, we could see it as early as 2011. Maybe it's because I'm in a Sundance frame of mind already, but this sounds like one of those films that should premiere at Sundance, which is the perfect place for it to show up. Jeopardy and Charlie Kaufman sensibilities are a lethal combination that will kill on screen in a romantic comedy. But it's all about finding the right director. Why not just get Michel Gondry?
As for Tobey Maguire starring, I think he's a good choice. I agree with Pajiba in that he's the perfect actor that I could see becoming a Jeopardy guru. We'll be following this project closely, so stay tuned for updates.