With The Governor’s film career returning from the dead, it’s only fitting that Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed on to both star in and help produce the freshly announced zombie film titled ‘Maggie’. ‘Maggie’ was a Black List script that didn’t have a chance to rise to the top, until now. For those who aren’t familiar with the Black List, it’s a yearly list voted on by those in the film industry of movies that didn’t get produced that they felt should have been.
The film is the debut script written by John Scott III and apparently has had quite the buzz around it so far. The film will be directed by Henrey Hobson who has been working in Hollywood for years, though this will be his feature length film directorial debut with filming starting this Fall.
In the movie, we’re going to see Schwarzenegger play the roll of Maggie’s father. Maggie was infected with the zombie virus and he is traveling with her to keep her safe as long as he can. One of my favorite upcoming horror actresses, Chloe Moretz, was initially looking into the roll of Maggie though apparently has backed out at this time. I’m hoping she’ll change her mind with Arnold playing the father but we’ll have to wait and see.
While we don’t have a full synopsis of the film, the short Black List description is as follows:
As a “walking dead” virus spreads across the country, a farm family helps their eldest daughter come to terms with her infection as she slowly becomes a flesh-eating zombie.
Can you see Arnold playing a small town father trying to help out his daughter? I’m really hoping for a cowboy hat myself. This is probably the first role I’ve seen Arnold take since returning to acting which might be able to allow him to prove that he really can act outside of an action film. Sure we’ll see him in Terminator 5 and The Legend of Conan, but I’m curious to see how he falls into the father/daughter dynamic and have to really show off his acting chops. I mean, let’s face it, films like the The Toxic Avenger aren’t exactly going to win any awards for a serious role no matter how they do the remake.
Are you looking forward to seeing Arnold tackle a more serious role or do you think it’ll somehow turn into a zombie action splatterfest?