Tobey Maguire's Material Pictures Expands with New Backer Onboard

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Tobey Maguire shot a brief role in Ang Lee's "Life of Pi," due in theaters from Fox on Nov. 21, as a writer who interviews the central character. But an insider says the Oscar-winning director felt the performance wasn't working.

Richard Weinberg invests in Material, which is adding Ben Tierney to its staff as VP of production.

Tobey Maguire has secured independent financing to expand his production company, Material Pictures. Richard Weinberg is investing in Material, which is adding Ben Tierney to its staff as VP of production.

Additionally, Anastasiya Kukhtareva has been upped to creative executive. Tierney and Kukhtareva will report to Material Pictures’ senior VP of production, Matthew Plouffe.

"This is an exciting time for Material Pictures," Weinberg said. "There is a really strong slate of projects in development and a talented team of executives and filmmakers at the helm." Added Maguire: "I’m thrilled to welcome Rich and Ben into the fold. Alongside Anastasiya, I feel like we’ve assembled a great team to lead Material Pictures into its next chapter."

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Material is scheduled to begin production on Henrik Ruben Genz’s Good People, based on the novel by Marcus Sakey, starring James Franco. On deck is Ed Zwick’s Pawn Sacrifice from a script penned by Steven Knight (Eastern Promises) and Compliance director Craig Zobel’s Z for Zachariah, an adaptation of Robert C. O'Brien's sci-fi novel by screenwriter Nissar Modi. Also in development are the sci-fi feature Robotech, based on the TV series, to be directed by Nic Mathieu; Cardboard, based on the graphic novel by Doug TenNapel, which is being developed in partnership with Chris Wedge’s WedgeWorks; and an Untitled Animal Trafficking Project for Warner Bros., with Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way and Tom Hardy’s Executive Options also producing.

In 2012, Material Pictures produced Rock of Ages, based on the original Broadway show. The company's credits also include Screen Gems’ Country Strong, written and directed by Shana Feste and starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Tim McGraw. Maguire's first outing as a producer was the big-screen adaptation of David Benioff's novel The 25th Hour for the Walt Disney Company.

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Weinberg has a background in business and is CEO of Terrace Tower Group, an investment company. The group’s expertise covers acquisition, development, financing, leasing and management. Tierney was most recently a creative executive at Johnny Depp’s Infinitum Nihil, where he worked on such projects as The Vault (at GK Films), Tom’s Dad with Lasse Hallstrom attached to direct and Nicholas Meyer’s The Crook Factory.

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