'Compliance' Director and Tobey Maguire Team for 'Z For Zachariah'
Director Craig Zobel turned heads earlier this year with his controversial film Compliance (out in limited release this Friday), but it appears he's taking on something a bit more conventional next. Variety reports that he'll direct Z For Zachariah, a post-apocalyptic story about a girl who lives alone and operates a farm in the last breathable section of a nuclear-ravaged land. Her world is rocked when two strangers stumble in from the forest, and Maguire plays a scientist that she nurses back to health. The story is based on Robert C. O'Brien's novel of the same name, and the script by Nissar Modi made the Black List back in '09. Read on!
Maguire will produce as well as star, and this sort of project seems right in line with the type of material he's been working with lately. After the dismal Spider-Man 3, he's seemingly switched gears into being a more serious actor with a critically acclaimed turn in Brothers and his upcoming lead role in The Great Gatsby (which was recently moved from a Christmas 2012 release to summer of 2013). We haven't seen much from Zobel yet - fun fact: he was one of the two founders of Homestar Runner - but working with someone of Maguire's caliber on a project that has a compelling premise is sure to boost his career. There's an opportunity for him to further explore the female psyche with this young female lead farmer character here, so we'll keep you posted on further casting as it hits.