In top news today, the Arnold Schwarzenegger zombie tale Maggie has been acquired by Lionsgate Entertainment. The distributor has scored North American rights to the film which also stars Abigail Breslin as the titular Maggie. The film was set to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, but since Lionsgate is planning a first quarter 2015 release, the film will no longer play at the festival. Read on for more details.
The film is directed by Henry Hobson from a script by John Scott 3. The film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Abigail Breslin, Joely Richardson, Laura Cayouette, J.D. Evermore, Amy Brassette, John L. Armijo.
Maggie follows the story of a Midwestern teenager whose father sticks by her side when she’s infected by disease that slowly turns her into a cannibalistic zombie.
The deal was announced by Lionsgate co-chief operating officer and motion picture group president Steve Beeks. “Maggie has all the ingredients that spell commercial excitement, from a compelling script and an A-llist superstar surrounded by a world-class cast,” said 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.”
” 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.”
Johnson and Ara Keshishian produced alongside Colin Bates, Joey Tufaro, Pierre-Ange Le Pogam, Matthew Baer and Schwarzenegger. Claudia Blumhuber and Seibel are executive producers.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter