Tobey Maguire to produce ‘People’

Kelly Masterson adapting Marcus Sakey novel

The Film Department has acquired screen rights to Marcus Sakey crime novel “Good People,” with Tobey Maguire’s Maguire Entertainment and Film 360, the production division of Management 360, to produce the feature adaptation.

As with all his producing projects, Maguire has first crack at the male lead role.

Script will be penned by Kelly Masterson, who most recently wrote “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead.”

“Good People” concerns a couple in debt from several rounds of futile fertility treatments who think their problems are solved when they stumble upon money found in their deceased tenant’s apartment.The Film Department’s Mark Gill and Robert Katz will produce with Maguire and Film 360’s Eric Kranzler and Ben Forkner. Neil Sacker and Michael Goguen will be executive producers.

Maguire Entertainment has several projects percolating, including the Lawrence Kasdan-scripted sci-fi pic “Robotech”; the Ed Solomon-scripted “Tokyo Suckerpunch,” which Gary Ross will direct; and “Crusaders,” another collaboration with Ross, scripted by Danny Strong.

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