According to The Hollywood Reporter, everyone's favorite webslinger is tackling another comic book adaptation. Tobey Maguire is teaming up with Neal Moritz to produce Afterburn, a comic series published by Red 5 Comics. There's no word yet if Maguire plans to star, or if he's sticking behind the scenes on this one. No writer has been assigned to adapt.
Afterburn is a sci-fi adventure set in a post-apocalyptic Earth, where the Eastern Hemisphere has been destroyed by a massive solar flare. Those who survived have mutated due to the radioactive fallout. In this bleak setting lives a group of treasure hunters, who are happy to track down priceless treasures like the Mona Lisa, the Rosetta Stone, and the Crown Jewels -- for the right price. After all, they have to combat rival hunters, mutants and pirates. It sounds like Tomb Raider meets the X-Men. It's been getting pretty good reviews across the Internet, so I may just have to check it out since I'm a sucker for anything involving treasure hunters.
The first issue only just hit the stands in January. Incidentally, Red 5 was started by Paul Ens, the former director of StarWars.com and Lucas Online, and Scott Chitwood, who co-founded TheForce.net, and contributes to Comingsoon.net and SuperheroHype.com. Yay for Internet success stories! You should pop on over
Tobey Maguire will next be seen in Tropic Thunder in a cameo appearance. I always hate when those get spoiled, but no word on what the cameo will be, at least. He's also developing and producing a live action adaptation of the anime classic Robotech.