Arnold Schwarzenegger Boards Zombie Drama ‘Maggie’

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Today’s new release World War Z (read our review) uses the classic zombies as metaphor tactic, but in a more conventional way than the upcoming Maggie. The latter travels a less orthodox path by using zombieism as an metaphor for disease and, in a way, coming of age, with a storyline about a lower-middle class family whose teenage daughter struggles with changes in her physical and mental states (after she is infected with a “walking dead” virus).

Chloë Grace Moretz was circling the title role of Maggie last year, but the latest update reveals that her busy schedule will prevent her from appearing in the film. More surprising, however, is the announcement that Arnold Schwarzenegger is going to play Maggie’s father (seeing how a quiet character-oriented horror/drama isn’t common ground for good ol’ Arnie).

Variety says that Schwarzenegger has signed on to star in and produce Maggie, which is going to be the feature-length directing debut for the commercial helmer Henry Hobson (he also designed the end titles on films like Sherlock Holmes, Rango and Fright Night (2011)). Production is slated to get underway this fall, so it shouldn’t be long before we hear about an up-and-coming young actress signing up to portray the movie’s namesake.

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Schwarzenegger is in the middle of staging a last-quarter acting career comeback and he seems willing to spread his wings farther nowadays. The Maggie script written by John Scott 3 – a onetime NASA satellite guidance system programmer – made Hollywood’s Black List of Best Unproduced screenplays; that is to say, this project sounds like a prime opportunity for Arnold to demonstrate his pure drama performance chops (in an emotionally-demanding supporting role no less).

On a related note, Schwarzenegger just keeps rolling on with nary a significant break in-between projects. He’ll be working on both Maggie and The Expendables 3 during the second half of 2013 – while appearing on the big screen in Escape Plan this fall – and then jump right into production on Terminator 5 beginning in early 2014 (around which time he’ll appear in David Ayer’s DEA thriller Ten in theaters). Thereafter, Arnold has voiced his intention to finally make The Legend of Conan, followed sometime thereafter by the Twins sequel Triplets.

Are you excited to see Schwarzenegger in more action films? Or would you prefer that he concentrate on stepping outside his comfort zone, with quiet and thoughtful dramas like Maggie (given his age and all that)? Let us know what you think in the comments section.


We’ll keep you posted on Maggie as the story develops.

Source: Variety

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  1. Could be a good vehicle for him. His early career was full of brainless yet classic action movies that are adored the world over (myself included) and hsi later career could be reminiscent of that while also including chances for proper drama.

    I’m all for it.

  2. Well. I will give it a chance. I lovbe to see big stars in zombie film and see how they look after they are bitten.

  3. Never thought or or imagine Arnold in a zombie-like film. Too bad about Chloe Grace Mortez. I always found her to be a hot little actress. Again, after End Of Days, I figure this wouldn’t be Arnold’s kind of thing. But I give him credit for wanting to try different genre of films. He had a couple of comedies I enjoyed.

    • “hot little actress”

      And how old are you exactly?

  4. Arnold, one word of advice…

    knock of this extraneous stuff and get Legend of Conan made!

    • Yep, stop working until sometime in mid 2014 when production of Conan starts. Good idea.

      • Ah, he’s already signed on to do Expendables 3 and Terminator 5 as well, so you see, with those, and now this one, I am concerned that Legend of Conan may get bumped back until he ages even more…

  5. I’d rather Arnold leave the acting to actors…
    He’s terrible in any role where he has to appear to be more than a 2-dimensional caricature.

  6. Seeing the title I thought this was going to be an action blockbuster like World War Z. Then read the description and was disappointing to see it seems to be a low-budget character drama. Come on, Arnie, haven’t all these decades taught you action is your thing and you just don’t have the acting capability for stuff like this?

    Also, wouldn’t a zombie virus only affect the dead?

    • Umm… don’t the living who are bitten usually become zombies too? Or maybe I’m just thinking of like EVERY zombie movie. EVER.

    • Come with me Sarah Connor if you want to have a zombie baby! :D

      • rolmbo

  7. Would love to see him in Legend of Conan. Bring it full circle.

    • I believe that will be his biggest film after his return, if it ever gets made. He seems to be signing on to everything else in the interim, and I am afraid that, as the years continue to pass, he will no longer be fit for the role. If he tones himself up, he could pass for an aged Conan now, but a few years from now, when he is closer to 70, I don’t know…

  8. As long as he’s working.

  9. Sounds interesting. I hope Arnold surprises everyone…

  10. This movie has ridiculous premise, sounds corny and i already smell flop at box office
    if this dreck is going to be expensive production.

  11. I would have loved to see Arnie vs armies of undead. Watching the big dude blasting away with a mini gun atop a mountain of of gore would have been legendary. That being said this sounds like a far more challenging project and therefore could be something very unique.

  12. Seems like he’s really set on covering a lot of genres and sure, why not? As long as he still has the drive, he should do what he does best. He doesn’t have to prove anything in the business or to the audience.