One would be forgiven that thinking that The Girl With All the Gifts is an uplifting story about a girl who has a very good Christmas. The 2014 novel by author M. R. Carey is a bit more dystopian than its title lets on, however. Essentially another in a long line of post-apocalyptic zombie stories, the novel takes place in a world ravaged by a fungal infection that turns people into crazed, cannibalistic “hungries.”
The book did well enough to gain the notice of Warner Bros. UK, which is releasing a movie adaptation later this year. The movie stars Sennia Nanua as Melanie, the titular girl with the gifts, and counts Glenn Close and The World’s End‘s Paddy Considine among its cast, too. The above trailer for the movie dropped last month, and now it has an official movie poster to go with it.
The poster comes via CBM, and features the movie’s cast as well as the tagline, “Our greatest threat is our only hope.” The release date given on the poster of September 23, 2016 is for the U.K. only, as the movie has not been officially announced for release elsewhere. With the continuing popularity of zombie fiction and the inclusion of Glenn Close in its cast, though, The Girl With All the Gifts will almost certainly come to the U.S. in some form, even if it is in limited release or straight to a streaming service such as Netflix.
Critics found enough to like about the novel to set it apart from the countless other novels that have come out in the zombie sub-genre of horror fiction over the years. The short story upon which it was based, “Iphigenia In Aulis”, even won an Edgar Award for short fiction. All that remains is for the movie to be able to bring the uniqueness of its source material to life on the big screen rather than turn it into a rote horror movie about fast-moving zombies. If it succeeds in doing so, then discerning horror movie fans might have one more movie for their watchlist by the time Halloween rolls around.
In addition to the aforementioned actors, The Girl With All the Gifts‘ cast also includes Gemma Arterton (Byzantium, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters). It was written for the big screen by Mike Carey (who also wrote the source material) and directed by Colm McCarthy, a filmmaker who has worked on such well-known (and respected) British TV series as Sherlock, Doctor Who, and in particular Peaky Binders over the past few years. McCarthy is also set to direct the pilot for Krypton, the Superman prequel TV series created by David S. Goyer (screenwriter on Man of Steel) and picked up by Syfy earlier this year.
The Girl With All the Gifts will hit theaters in the U.K. on September 23rd, 2016.