Toby Maguire and Craig Zobel know that Z IS FOR ZACHARIA

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Craig Zobel’s Compliance created quite the stir at this year’s Sundance Film Festival (Check the trailer out here) but now that the director has firmly proven that he can do small scale thrillers, it’s time to stretch his proverbial creative legs a bit. All the way around a post-apocalyptic Earth with a certain spidery fellow in tow, to once again put a single young lady in a creepy situation in Z for Zacharia.

And no, this is not a sequel to V for Vendetta.

Variety is reporting that Tobey Maguire has signed on to star in and produce the film which is an adaptation of Mrs Frisby and the Rats of Nimh author Robert C. O’Brien’s 1974 science-fiction novel, the synopsis of which is as follows:

Ann Burden is sixteen years old and completely alone. The world as she once knew it is gone, ravaged by a nuclear war that has taken everyone from her. For the past year, she has lived in a remote valley with no evidence of any other survivors.

But the smoke from a distant campfire shatters Ann’s solitude. Someone else is still alive and making his way toward the valley. Who is this man? What does he want? Can he be trusted? Both excited and terrified, Ann soon realizes there may be worse things than being the last person on Earth.

As good an actor as Tobey Maguire may be, I’m pretty sure that he’ll be playing the role of the man, who is said to be “a rugged scientist with a dark past” while the female lead  has not been cast yet.

Hunger Games director Gary Ross – who directed Maguire in Seabiscuit – will be co-producing what seems to have the potential for a great science-fiction character drama.

 

Last Updated: August 16, 2012

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