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 Cares for Zombie Daughter in First Images from MAGGIE

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There were plenty of films I thought would end up at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, but an Arnold Schwarzenegger zombie flick was never among them.  But today, TIFF announced additions to this year’s Galas and Special Presentations lineup, and released the first images from Maggie.  The film stars Schwarzenegger as a Midwestern farmer who cares for his teenage daughter (Abigail Breslin) as she slowly turns into a cannibalistic zombie.  While that sounds like a delightfully goofy premise, these images convey a surprisingly somber tone, and now I’m even more eager to check out this odd picture.

Hit the jump to check out the Maggie images.  The film also stars Joely Richardson.  The 2014 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 4 – 14th.

TIFF 2014 Adds Tom McCarthy’s THE COBBLER, Michael Hazanavicius’ THE SEARCH, Sophie Barthes’ MADAME BOVARY, and More

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As if the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival wasn’t already crowded with must-see films, TIFF has now sent out a press released announcing the addition of 24 films to their Galas and Special Presentations lineup.  Sundance premieres Infinitely Polar Bear and Laggies will be coming to Toronto as will Cannes’ debuts such as Olivier Assayas’ Clouds of Sils Maria as well as The Search, the new film from The Artist director Michael Hazanavicius.  Among the world premieres, I’m incredibly excited for Tom McCarthy’s new film, The Cobbler and Sophie Barthes’ adaptation of Madame Bovary.  As for movies that probably won’t be entering the Oscar-race but could still be highly entertaining, there’s Henry Hobson’s debut Maggie, which stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as a Midwestern farmer who stays by his daughter’s side as she starts turning into a zombie.

Hit the jump for the full list of new additions.  The 2014 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 4 – 14th.

Lizzy Caplan Lands Female Lead Opposite Seth Rogen in THE INTERVIEW; Joely Richardson Joins Zombie Film MAGGIE

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A Freaks and Geeks reunion is in the works…kind of.  Lizzy Caplan (Party Down), who played the recurring character Sarah on Freaks and Geeks, has landed the female lead opposite Seth Rogen and James Franco in the upcoming comedy The Interview.  Rogen co-wrote and will co-direct the film with his This Is the End collaborator Evan Goldberg, and Franco will star as a talk show host who, along with his producer (Rogen), accidentally gets involved in a plot to assassinate the prime minister of North Korea.  Details regarding Caplan’s role are unknown, but she’s an extremely talented comedic actress and should make for a great foil opposite Rogen and Franco.  Caplan can currently be seen on Showtime’s new drama series Masters of Sex.

Hit the jump for casting news concerning the Arnold Schwarzenegger zombie movie Maggie.

Ewan McGregor and Gwyneth Paltrow May Join Johnny Depp in MORTDECAI; Abigail Breslin Set Opposite Schwarzenegger in MAGGIE

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The cast for director David Koepp’s (Premium Rush) crime drama Mortdecai is coming together rather quickly.  Johnny Depp signed on to star in the adaptation of author Kyril Bonfiglioli’s novels just a couple of weeks ago, and now Variety reports that Ewan McGregor and Gwyneth Paltrow are in talks to join the cast.  Depp plays an antihero art dealer who finds himself in “a race to recover a stole painting rumored to contain the code to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold.”  No word on which characters McGregor or Paltrow would play in the Lionsgate pic, but they are in line to co-star.  Filming is looking to get underway later this year after Depp wraps the musical Into the Woods.

Hit the jump for casting news concerning Arnold Schwarzenegger’s zombie movie.

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

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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 Timur Bekmambetov Talks ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER, MAGGIE, and Future Projects at WonderCon

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At this past weekend’s WonderCon, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter director Timur Bekmambetov, star Ben Walker and writer Seth Grahame-Smith showed off a new trailer and an extended section of a big action set piece that featured all the principal cast.  If you missed Dave’s recap of the panel, click here.  You can also watch the new trailer here.  For those just hearing about the project, the film re-imagines our 16th President as a statesman by day and a vampire slayer by night.

Shortly before the panel, I got to sit down with Bekmambetov for an extended interview.  He talked about collaborating with Tim Burton and 20th Century Fox, the challenges of editing the film because of the 3D, and the runtime, tone and music.  In addition, Bekmambetov talked about the status of Maggie and reveals he plans on stepping back for his next project to do something out of character because he feels he’s done “too many genre movies.”  Hit the jump to watch.

2011 Black List Announced; Alan Turing Biopic THE IMITATION GAME Tops List of Best Unproduced Screenplays

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Each year, Hollywood releases “The Black List.” The list is a compilation of the “best” unproduced scripts making the rounds of Hollywood, as voted on by hundreds of film executives. Past scripts that have made their way to the list include Diablo Cody’s Juno and Aaron Sorkin‘s The Social Network. This year, topping the list is Graham Moore’s script for the Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game. Turning was a mathematician and codebreaker during World War II who was criminally prosecuted for his homosexuality, after which he elected chemical castration over prison, and eventually ended his own life.

The Imitation Game has been in the works for a while, and last we heard Warner Bros. was keen on getting Harry Potter director David Yates to take the helm. Leonardo DiCaprio is also said to have taken a liking to the role of Turing. Also appearing on the list is Matt Damon’s planned directorial debut Father Daughter Time and Chewie, which tells the behind-the-scenes story of Star Wars from the perspective of Peter Mayhew. Hit the jump to peruse the entire list, which includes two Pinocchio projects, a movie about catching a screening of Jurassic Park, and zombies!

Timur Bekmambetov Buys Zombie Spec Script MAGGIE

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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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