We've been meta-ed to within an inch of our lives this morning by news that upstart producer Tobey Maguire and resurgent Warner Independent Pictures have optioned rights to Marry Him! The Case for Settling for Mr. Good Enough, Lori Gottlieb's controversial article from last month's Atlantic Monthly. A 40-year-old single mother's admonition to take whatever you can get on the romance front (soon to be a book, natch, which won't likely please our sisters-in-blog over at Jezebel), the story vaguely reminds us of a certain actor's escalation to marquee status — a milquetoast, smoldering dork opposite A-listers like Kirsten Dunst, Charlize Theron and Cate Blanchett. Any guesses?
Anyway, we digress. The point is that Mr. Good Enough gets things done in the end, and for his part, Maguire's maneuver with Warner Independent was a development we wouldn't have seen coming a month ago as the mini-major circled the drain in the New Line cinema purge. Considering their expressions of good faith and longevity, our only unresolved question is why Gottlieb is settling for such sound partners. Shouldn't she have eloped with Harvey Weinstein before the magazine even hit newsstands?
- WIP, Maguire eye 'Mr. Good Enough' [Variety]