Timur Bekmambetov Picks Up Zombie Flick ‘Maggie’

Published 3 years ago by , Updated August 13th, 2013 at 10:14 pm,

Timur Bekmambetov may be in the midst of filming Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, but he’s apparently not tired of undead monsters just yet. The Wanted director has won out in the competition to produce Maggie, a low-budget zombie flick penned by NASA satellite guidance system programmer, John Scott 3.

The estimated $4-8 million cost of Maggie was the big selling point for the project, which also offers a slightly different spin on the traditional zombie mythos by extending the incubation period of zombie infection out over a period of six months – as opposed to the instantaneous infection you see in most zombie flicks.

Deadline confirms that, like the now-delayed Apollo 18, Maggie will be a cheap production that features Bekmambetov as a producer only. Already onboard to direct the new zombie tale is art designer Henry Hobson, who was responsible for crafting the titles of recent films like Rango, The Karate Kid, Sherlock Holmes, and the Walking Dead TV series. Make of that what you will.

Maggie tells the story of the titular character, a 16-year-old middle-American girl who is bitten by a zombie, but is slowly turned into an undead creature herself over the course of half a year. The film will focus on Maggie’s transformation and her family’s attempts to cope with her inevitable fate.

Zombies Timur Bekmambetov Picks Up Zombie Flick Maggie

So how many zombie movies are being actively developed again, you ask? Well, there’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Resident Evil 5, Warm Bodies, World War Z, Zombies Vs. Robots – not to mention the second season of The Walking Dead. That’s not an inclusive list, but it’s more than enough to illustrate that we’re in the midst of a cinematic zombpocalypse.

I enjoy a good zombie movie as much as the next man (unless the next man is George A. Romero, I suppose), but this is pushing it. It makes sense that zombies would be more popular than ever – they do serve as a fitting metaphor for mindless consumption in modern society – but surely even the most die-hard (pun intended) undead fans have gotten their fill at this point…

Maggie is expected to move quickly into production sometime over the next year. We’ll keep you posted on its status.

Source: Deadline

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  1. I love zombies, haven’t gotten my fill yet. It’s like the action genre: maybe sometimes you don’t feel like watching action movies, but give it a couple weeks, months, whatever, and you’ll be tuned in again. Plus they keep making them anyway. They’re [zombie movies] all different, and there’s so many different scenarios with zombies that it’ll be a while before they burn out the idea I think.

    I’d rather have a new zombie move than a new remake any day.

  2. OK, I’ll say it…I’m sick of zombies! Many people are sick of comic book movies or vampires, I’m sick of zombies. Give me something new, different. Oh, wait, this is Hollywood. Sorry.

    • right there with you Kahless,I’m sick of them too.

      The most original zombie “anything” that I’ve seen in a long time was a failed pilot for CBS that was actually based on a French movie,and it was called Babylon Fields.It was so good and is a shame that they didn’t pick it up.

      That’s the last time that I actually cared about anything zombie related.The Walking Dead is a really good show,make no mistake,but the genre is just so played out.

  3. If anyone has the script for Maggie, please send to mytrcf@gmail.com. Thanks!

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