Scared you there for a second, didn't I?
Don't worry, Tobey Maguire is still signed-on to reprise his role as Spider-Man for the fourth and fifth movies in the successful franchise, along with director Sam Raimi. However, Maguire is also set to star in a new romantic comedy called Tokyo Suckerpunch, which is based on the 2000 novel by Isaac Adamson.
According to Tokyo Suckerpunch screenwriter Ed Solomon (Men in Black, Charlie's Angels), Maguire's role in the film is so good that it could help the actor move past his role as Spidey. Bold words.
Tokyo Suckerpunch's story follows a comic book writer who's obsessed with the life he leads in his stories on the printed page until his real life suddenly turns into an adventure of its own. I just wonder if that adventure will end up being reminiscent to the trials and tribulations of our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man... Along the way he falls in love with his editor, who it has now been revealed is going to be played by Anne Hathaway.
Here's what Ed Solomon had to say about Maguire's role in Tokyo Suckerpunch:
"I believe that for Tobey it's the perfect thing to go beyond [Spider-Man]... It's a romantic comedy-it's got a lot of action, but it's mostly comedy set in Tokyo, about a guy who thinks he's in love with one woman."
With Maguire accepting the role in Tokyo Suckerpunch, does that mean he's attempting to follow in the footsteps of Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) in trying to shake-off the Spider-Man role he's been associated with for over 7 years now? (The only non-Spider-Man movies Maguire has put out in that time period were Seabiscuit in 2003 and The Good German in 2006.)
Tokyo Suckerpunch is currently labeled as "In Development" for 2011, which leads me to believe that Maguire could start working on the film sometime mid-to-late next year. So where does that leave Spider-Man 4 (and 5)? I'm pretty sure more importance will be placed upon the blockbuster franchise rather than a much smaller romantic comedy, even though Maguire may actually want to change his resume up a bit.
Just to give us a feel for the story of Tokyo Suckerpunch, Solomon gave us a bit more details about it:
"[Maguire's character is] a graphic novelist who lives in Cleveland and writes a graphic novel about himself that he sets in Tokyo... He has a certain fantasia of what Japan is and has a certain fantasia of what a real woman is. Neither exists in reality, but he goes off to Tokyo in pursuit of this fantasy woman."
"...He ends up in this adventure not dissimilar to the kinds of things he writes about... it's really about a guy figuring out what matters to him."
I'm sure I'm not the only one who would rather Maguire concentrated on bringing us another awesome Spider-Man movie with Sam Raimi, instead of doing an out-of-left-field romantic comedy like Tokyo Suckerpunch. I'm all for being diverse, but in the case of the Spider-Man franchise, it's not something you can just brush off; I really don't think that would go down well with the fans (a lot of whom are still upset over Spider-Man 3), nor would it do any real favors for his career, at least not popularity-wise. In my opinion, Maguire should do at least one more Spider-Man movie before thinking about doing anything else.
What do you think of this Tokyo Suckerpunch project that Tobey Maguire has signed-on for? Do you think his concentration should be on Spider-Man before anything else?
Tokyo Suckerpunch is currently in development for a 2011 release.