The last we heard about the Arnold Schwarzenegger zombie flick “Maggie,” it had been pulled from last year’s Toronto International Film Festival. Lionsgate had acquired the movie before it was slated to make its world premiere at the fest, and then promptly decided to hold it back, but it wasn’t due to quality. “’Maggie’ has all the ingredients that spell commercial excitement, from a compelling script and an A-list superstar surrounded by a world-class cast,” said the studio’s co-chief operating officer and motion picture group president 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.” Well, now it’s time to see what got them so excited, as the first trailer has arrived today.
Co-starring Abigail Breslin and Joely Richardson, the Henry Hobson directed movie follows a Midwestern farmer who stays by the side of his beloved teenage daughter even as she slowly turns into a cannibalistic zombie. Okay, we’ll give this one points for originality and we do like Arnie trying something other than lumbering around in action movies he’s probably about ten years too old to be doing. Certainly a prime time spring release date indicates a measure of confidence in this one.
“Maggie” hits the Tribeca Film Festival next month and opens on May 8th. Watch below.