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ARTICLE - Variety.com

Variety.com   Film.com

December 10, 2003
by Jonathan Bing

Tobey Maguire's production shingle, Maguire Entertainment, has joined Endgame Entertainment and Raw Entertainment to bring Andy Behrman's memoir "Electroboy" to the big screen.

Maguire will produce the film and is eyeing the title role. Behrman's book is a turbulent spin through the life of a 28-year-old manic-depressive art forger and con man, chronicling his sexual escapades, drug binges and treatment with electroshock therapy.

"Andy Behrman's memoir depicts a man whose illness puts him in the center of the maelstrom that was the 90s," Endgame head Jim Stern said. The film, he added, "has the ability to be both commercial and to operate at a larger level."

Endgame optioned Electroboy in March. Stern will produce with Endgame production head Julia Eisenman, who brought the property to the company, and Brian Oliver and Joseph Nittolo of Raw entertainment, a musicvid, commercials and feature production shingle.

Matthew Chapman ("Runaway Jury") is writing the script. Pic, which could have a budget north of $25 million, is expected to start production over the summer.

That would square with Maguire's schedule. The actor is expected to be available following completion of "Spider-Man 2," which is in post-production.

Maguire is producing "Justice Deferred," for Warner Bros. and previously exec produced "Seabiscuit" for Uni and produced "The 25th Hour" for Disney.

Endgame is co-financing "Proof," now in post at Miramax films. Shingle also is co-financing "Five Children and It" with the Henson Company and Capital Films; "Compleat Female Stage Beauty" with Tribeca Prods. and Artisan; and "Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle" with Senator and New Line.

Maguire is repped by CAA and Management 360.

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