Ugh. Zombies. While they’ve not quite overtaken vampires as far as omnipresence in multiplexes go, the last decade has seen a proliferation of pictures featuring the undead, from “28 Days Later” to “REC,” and it shows no signs of letting up, with “The Walking Dead” proving a giant hit on cable, and both Jonathan Levine‘s zombie romance “Warm Bodies” and megabudget Brad Pitt vehicle “World War Z” due in 2013. Are we doomed to see the same old re-animated tropes over and over again until someone eats our brains? Or will someone be able to come up with a new take on the genre?
Well, Chloe Moretz and Paddy Considine certainly hope it’s the latter, as the two actors are circling a project in the genre that looks like it might be able to bring a fresh spin: namely, “Maggie,” a script from writer John Scott III that made the Black List a few years back. The film, to be directed by commercials helmer and titles designer Henry Hobson, is set in the aftermath of an undead outbreak, and follows a father whose unconditional love for his daughter is tested when she becomes infected, and slowly succumbs to zombification.
Screen Daily were the first to report the involvement of Moretz, who’s soon to get underway on the remake of “Carrie,” and Variety also say that she’s in talks to play the title character (the girl facing a future as one of the walking dead), and added that the brilliant Considine is in negotiations to play the father. Hobson and Scott have been getting a lot of attention recently: the duo are attached to an adapation of Isaac Asimov‘s “The Caves Of Death,” and are also adapting Tad Williams‘ fantasy series “Otherland” for Warner Bros, and they’ve certainly gotten the casting off to a promising start. The picture has a $10 million budget, and is planned to go before cameras in September, so we should see this towards the end of 2013.