It looks like Chloë Grace Moretz is preparing to add yet another horror title to her resume – to go along with the vampire flick remake Let Me In, Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows film adaptation and Kimberly Peirce’s re-interpretation of Stephen King’s Carrie novel (which begins production next month, at the time of writing this).
The monster movie in question is Maggie, a low-budget zombie flick that made headlines last year when Timur Bekmambetov (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) acquired the spec script. Maggie is now being backed by such producers as Pierre-Ange Le Pogam (Colombiana), along with Matthew Baer and Trevor Kaufman.
Bekmambetov’s involvement with Maggie is somewhat up in the air right now, seeing how he’s not mentioned in the latest report from Variety. However, the project’s Black Listed screenplay – penned by former NASA satellite guidance system programmer John Scott 3 (yes, that is his writing name), is still slated to be overseen by first-time feature-length director Henry Hobson. While he has experience helming commercials, Hobson is best known for his title design work around Hollywood – with his more memorable output including the titles for Rango, Sherlock Holmes and Fright Night, along with the opening titles for The Walking Dead.
Scott’s Maggie script adds a few twists to the usual zombie proceedings; namely, it focuses on a small farm family whose daughter Maggie has been infected with a “walking dead” virus that slowly transforms her into a flesh-eating, mindless creature. The plot revolves around the efforts of Maggie’s parents and siblings (especially her dad) to help her come to terms with her “condition”; Moretz, assuming she signs on, would portray the titular character. Currently in talks to portray Maggie’s father is English thespian Paddy Considine, who made a splash last year with his own, critically-acclaimed feature-length filmmaking debut (the somber indie drama Tyrannosaur).
Overall, Maggie is shaping up to be a fairly inventive variation on more traditional zombie genre fare, with two top-notch performers as the leads – and a promising (if inexperienced) visual artist calling the shots. However, it ought to be pointed out that the film is tentatively being eyed to begin principal photography this September, around the same time that the Kick-Ass sequel is supposed to begin production. Whether or not that means that Moretz will be unable to reprise her role as Hit-Girl for Kick-Ass 2 – assuming she is planning to be involved with the comic book movie, which has yet to be confirmed – that remains to be seen.
We will continue to keep you posted on the status of Maggie as more information is released.