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.
Oh, and Rod Stewart? Expect a call any day now about inquiring about rights to your music: