According to Variety, Sony has acquired the Isaac Adamson novel "Tokyo Suckerpunch" to adapt into a feature Tobey Maguire will topline.
The studio has hired Ed Solomon to write the pic, to be produced by Maguire through Maguire Entertainment and Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher via their Columbia-based Red Wagon banner.
The novel's protag Billy Chaka writes a column that casts him as macho hero living in a surreal, amped-up Tokyo. When his book gets turned into a movie, Chaka flies to the city for the premiere and hates it enough to clash loudly with the director, who ends up murdered.
Solomon, who just adapted Roald Dahl novel "The BFG" for Paramount, has a strong franchise track record. He scripted Men in Black, Sony's biggest grossing franchise until Spider-Man arrived. Solomon also wrote Charlie's Angels (with Ryan Rowe and John August) and Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure (with Chris Matheson), and he did extensive uncredited script work on X-Men.