Schwarzenegger zombie film “MAGGIE” goes to the ’gate for U.S. release *UPDATED*Movies/TV,News Michael Gingold
Just prior to its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, the Arnold Schwarzenegger-starring zombie film MAGGIE has been acquired for distribution—and pulled from the fest.
Lionsgate has announced that it has picked up North American rights to MAGGIE; specific release plans are to be announced, but the company decided to take the movie out of its prestigious TIFF berth (much as it did with YOU’RE NEXT a few years back). Schwarzenegger stars in the movie along with ZOMBIELAND’s Abigail Breslin and Joely Richardson; Henry Hobson directed from a script (which was on the highly regarded Black List) by John Scott 3. According to the official synopsis, “The film tells the story of a deadly zombie virus that has put a plague on the world. When Maggie, a vivacious young woman, becomes infected, her father brings her home to let her be with their family. As Maggie’s condition worsens, their relationship is tested, a father’s love holding on stronger than the disease. This heart-wrenching twist on the zombie apocalypse puts a human face on an inexplicable horror.”
“MAGGIE has all the ingredients that spell commercial excitement—a compelling script and an A-list superstar surrounded by a world-class cast,” says Lionsgate’s 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.” Producers Bill Johnson and Jim Siebel add, “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.”