Arnold Schwarzenegger Zombie Movie MAGGIE Acquired by Lionsgate for Early 2015 Release; Will Now Skip TIFF

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One of the more offbeat movies that was poised to premiere at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival was Maggie, which stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as a father who struggles to come to terms with the fact that his daughter (Abigail Breslin) is slowly becoming a zombie.  I say “was” because Lionsgate announced today that it has acquired distribution rights to the film and, per THR, will be pulling it out of TIFF.  Instead of debuting at the festival, the studio has set a Maggie release date for early 2015, though a specific theatrical bow has not yet been determined.  It’s a bit of an odd move to pull the film out of TIFF, and not exactly a great sign if Lionsgate wants to control the flow of reviews for the pic.

The Black List script was penned by John Scott 3 and directed by Henry Hobson, with Joely Richardson taking on a supporting role in the film.  Read the full press release regarding the acquisition after the jump.

Arnold Schwarzenegger to Star in Zombie Movie MAGGIE

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He’s done the “rise of the machines” thing, and now Arnold Schwarzenegger is ready to tackle a zombie apocalypse.  Variety reports that Schwarzenegger has signed on to star in and produce Maggie, which takes place during a zombie outbreak.  The Governator will play a father whose daughter has been infected and is slowly turning into a member of the undead.  Commercial director Henry Hobson will direct from a Black List script by John Scott 3, and Chloe Grace Moretz was at one time set to star as the young girl but it appears as though she’s fallen off the project.

Production on Maggie is set to get underway this fall, after which Schwarzenegger will shoot The Expendables 3 followed by the long-promised Terminator 5, which is aiming to start filming early next year.  He also recently entered talks to star in a remake of The Toxic Avenger. The actor will be seen in theaters opposite Sylvester Stallone this October in the prison break pic Escape Plan.

Chloe Grace Moretz in Talks for Zombie Film MAGGIE

by     Posted 2 years, 221 days ago

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After starring in this weekend’s Dark Shadows, Chloe Grace Moretz may return as one of the undead in the father-daughter zombie film, Maggie.  Originally picked up by producer Timur Bekmambetov as a Black List spec script by John Scott 3, Maggie deals with a zombie apocalypse in which the titular 16-year-old becomes infected.  The story further deals with the unconditional love of a father for his daughter, as Maggie remains with the family over the six-month course of her transformation.  Fittingly, The Walking Dead title/credits designer Henry Hobson will make his directorial debut on this feature.  Moretz is in negotiations to play the title role while Paddy Considine (The Bourne Ultimatum) is in talks to play the father.  Maggie plans to start production this September.  Hit the jump for more on Moretz.

Director Henry Hobson and Writer John Scott 3 Adapting Isaac Asimov’s THE CAVES OF STEEL

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Hollywood really wants to give you a great movie based on Isaac Asimov’s work.  Bicentennial Man was awful, but I, Robot came closer.  Maybe Roland Emmerich is the man to translate the author’s intellectual science fiction to the screen with his plans for the Foundation trilogy*, but if not, Fox is already working on the next attempt.  Deadline reports John Scott 3 is adapting the 1954 book The Caves of Steel; Henry Hobson is on board to direct.  Both men are coming from a separate career.  Hobson has spent the last several years as a title/credits designer—you’ve seen his work recently in The Walking Dead, Fright Night, and The Help.  Scott is a NASA man—he works with the Chandra X-Ray Observatory, which photographs X-ray photons in deep space.  This really might be the perfect combination for Asimov.  First they’ll work on Maggie, which centers on the prolonged transformation of a 16-year-old girl turning into a zombie.

The Caves of Steel is “a murder mystery that takes place 1,000 years in the future, on an overpopulated Earth where there is a phobia about robots.”  Read the book synopsis after the jump.

Timur Bekmambetov Buys Zombie Spec Script MAGGIE

by     Posted 3 years, 262 days ago

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Producer/director Timur Bekmambetov beat out five competitors to acquire the rights to the John Scott 3 spec script Maggie in a mid six-figure deal.  The story revolves a 16-year-old girl stricken with the zombie infection.  The twist: it takes six months for young Maggie to fully transform into a zombie, during which time she remains with her family.  Title/credits designer Henry Hobson (The Walking Dead) will make his directorial debut.  Bekmambetov will produce with Trevor Kaufman.

Deadline suggests Maggie will require a low $4-8 million budget and enter production within the year.  As a producer, Bekmambetov has The Darkest Hour scheduled for August 5 followed by Apollo 18 on January 6, 2012.  Bekmambetov recently returned to the director’s chair to for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.

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