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Col high on ‘Spider’ guy

Exec VP Tolmach will serve as studio's liaison with thesp

Tobey Maguire, who toplines Columbia’s tentpole offering “Spider-Man,” has entered into a two-year first-look development and production deal with the studio.

Deal, announced Thursday by Col chair Amy Pascal, will give Maguire “a platform to identify and develop feature films as a producer.”

No development executive has been named for the company as yet. Exec VP of production Matt Tolmach will serve as the studio’s liaison with Maguire’s as yet unnamed production company.

“From ‘The Cider House Rules’ to ‘Spider-Man,’ Tobey has demonstrated a remarkable versatility and range as a young actor,” Pascal said. “When you find someone with great instincts and impeccable taste, you want to channel that creativity in new directions. We are proud to be encouraging his growth as a producer, and we look forward to collaborating with him as a valued part of our development family.”

Maguire will reprise his role as Peter Parker for the “Spider-Man” sequel, to begin production early next year (Daily Variety, March 24).

He is producing and acting in Edward Norton starrer “The 25th Hour” along with Industry Entertainment. Maguire is repped by the Gersh Agency and managed by Industry Entertainment.