Maguire Options Gottlieb: Tobey Maguire's production company has picked up the rights to Lori Gottlieb's infamous Atlantic Monthly article, "Marry Him! The Case for Settling for Mr. Good Enough." Gottlieb argues that the key to kick-starting a family is to settle for a less than perfect guy. Coincidentally, that's how most people feel about casting Tobey Maguire. [Variety]
Equus Rides to Town: And so the rumors have come to pass. Peter Shaffer's Equus will open September 25 at the Broadhurst, with its original cast of Daniel Radcliffe and Tony winner Richard Griffiths. Radcliffe will once again appear nekkid on stage, which means you'll be seeing a lot more of that creepy horse picture in the tabloids. [Playbill]
Disney Makes It an Even Four: Disney Channel has started work on High School Musical 4, prepping the script before 3's even done shooting. It shouldn't be all the surprising, considering that the rest of their upcoming development slate includes winners like Princess Protection Program and Dadnapped!. Although at this point, they really should start calling it College Musical or Take a Year Off and Work at My Dad's Small Business Musical. [HR]
Universal vs. Earth vs. Moon: Universal has bought Earth vs. Moon, a pitch from Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, creators of Spike TV's Joe Schmo Show. Story is being kept under wraps, but based on the title could fall into one of several genres: sci-fi comedy, inspirational boxing movie, or planet-planetoid romantic comedy. [HR]
Beyond Thundercade: Lakeshore has picked up Thundercade by Fanboys co-writer Ernie Cline. Story follows a thirtysomething video-game addict who learns that a young kid has beaten a record he set in the eighties. You know Cline's Fanboys: the movie that Harvey Weinstein refuses to release. We find his lack of faith disturbing. [HR]
"On the other hand, Harvey optioned Wolf Boy, so he's okay in our book!"
Marks to Slash It Up: Voltron scribe Justin Marks has signed on to adapt the graphic novel Hack/Slash for the big screen. Comic focuses on a young woman who traverses the country, battling maniacal killers along the way. Kind of like the family vacations you took growing up, but with blood instead of Capri Sun. [Variety]