In the genre-subverting apocalyptic thriller Maggie, which Lionsgate just acquired for North American distribution, Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as a father grappling with his daughter’s imminent zombie-ness.
John Scott 3’s Black List script imagines a world overtaken by a zombie virus, but focuses the trauma on the relationship between a father and his daughter (Abigail Breslin) as she slowly devolves into one of the cannibalistic undead. Henry Hobson, whose main credits are for designing title sequences for video games, television shows, and films such as The Help and The Walking Dead, directed the film, which also stars Joely Richardson.
“Maggie has all the ingredients that spell commercial excitement—a compelling script and an ‘A’ list superstar surrounded by a world-class cast,” said Lionsgate’s Co-Chief Operating Officer and Motion Picture Group President Steve Beeks. “We’re delighted to continue our relationship with Arnold Schwarzenegger, who turns in a performance that marks a dramatic departure from his action persona, and partner with our friends at Lotus Entertainment on a film that will resonate with thriller aficionados everywhere.”
Lotus co-chairs Bill Johnson and Jim Seibel, who produced and will handle international sales, added: “Maggie takes the zombie genre in exciting new directions, and it offers something for everyone—star power, horror, suspense, and riveting performances that will keep moviegoers on the edge of their seats.”
Maggie does not have a set release date yet, but it’s expected to arrive in theaters in early 2015.