Arnold Schwarzenegger's Zombie Movie Gets a Release Date
Arnie's first dramatic performance will have to wait a little longer to see the light of day, as it has been pulled from the Toronto International Film Festival in favor of an early 2015 theatrical release.
The change was made after Lionsgate acquired the North American distribution rights, with Co-Chief Operating Officer Steve Beeks saying, "'Maggie' has all the ingredients that spell commercial excitement – a compelling script and an 'A' list superstar surrounded by a world-class cast. We're delighted to continue our relationship with Arnold Schwarzenegger, who turns in a performance that marks a dramatic departure from his action persona [in] a film that will resonate with thriller aficionados everywhere."
The official synopsis for Maggie is as follows: "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."
The film also stars Abigail Breslin and Joely Richardson. It was directed by Henry Hobson, and written by John Scott 3. Scott's script had the distinction of making the Black List, an annual survey of the best unproduced screenplays making the rounds in Hollywood, according to polled film executives. While many criticize the list for favoring the "best-liked" screenplays as opposed to the "best," critically acclaimed films such as American Hustle, Lars and the Real Girl, Juno, The King's Speech, Slumdog Millionaire, Argo, and 50/50 were all produced from Black List screenplays.