After he's hung up those web shooters and says goodbye to his role as Peter Parker, following the news that "Spider-Man 4" has been scrapped, what's next for [movieperson id="164707"]Tobey Maguire[/movieperson]? Will he reach out for another franchise, or will he go after more serious, Oscar-hungry roles akin to his recent acclaimed (and Golden Globe-nominated) stint in the drama "Brothers"?
The 34-year-old actor may now be wondering if he should make those "Hobbit" rumors come true. Maguire has long been said to be a contender for the role of young Bilbo Baggins in the Peter Jackson-produced, Guillermo del Toro-directed "Lord of the Rings" prequels, but he has continually denied involvement. Actually, Maguire told MTV News last month that he'd never met Del Toro and hadn't talked to anybody about the films
But he did say he was open to discussing the role, and the Spidey news might have the actor even more anxious to take the gig if offered. There are still a few months before the first "Hobbit" is expected to begin production, with a release set for December 2011.
As for more definite projects, Maguire has the indie black comedy "The Details," in which he costars with Elizabeth Banks, Laura Linney and Ray Liotta as a man dealing with marital problems, an invasion of raccoons on his property and a murder. The film is in post-production, but neither a distributor nor a release date has been set.
Next, he may reteam with his "Pleasantville" and "Seabiscuit" director, Gary Ross (who also worked on the "Spider-Man 4" script), for the civil-rights legal drama "The Crusaders." Maguire would play real-life attorney Jack Greenberg, who fought alongside Thurgood Marshall against segregated schools as the only white legal counselor for the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund. Maguire is also an executive producer on the film, which sounds like it could be on that path to Oscar recognition.
Maguire is also reportedly producing a Charlie Kaufman-esque film titled "Prisoners of Trebek," in which he may star as a real-life man who fell in love while attempting to master the game show "Jeopardy." The script was written by William Wheeler ("The Hoax") and may be directed by Goran Dukic ("Wristcutters: A Love Story").
Other films slated for Maguire's production company that the actor could potentially be cast in include the crime film "Good People," about a young couple in debt that finds a huge sum of money with criminal origins; the romantic comedy "Marry Him: Finding Mr. Real," based on NPR host Lori Gottlieb's love advice, and the sci-fi comic book adaptation "Afterburn," about treasure-hunting mutants in a post-apocalyptic Earth.
Though Maguire Entertainment is overseeing the adaptation of Broadway musical "Rock of Ages," it's unlikely he'll appear in the production. And rumors about Maguire and pal Leonardo DiCaprio remaking noir classic "The Third Man" are probably completely false.
Finally, there is another potential franchise for Maguire to jump into, now that he's done slinging as Spider-Man: "Robotech." Maguire Entertainment and Warner Bros. picked up the rights to the '80s cartoon series about giant robot defenders back when the actor was still iffy about returning to the "Spider-Man" series.
A "Robotech" movie would have to compete with continuing franchise "Transformers" and plans to bring "Voltron" to the big screen, so if the studio and Maguire are serious about their own mecha tentpole, they should get moving quickly. Especially now that Maguire has some room on his schedule for the next few years.
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