She’s already mastered vampire horror (Dark Shadows, and the U.S. adaptation of Let the Right One In, Let Me In), but can Chloe Moretz take on the challenge of playing a zombie? Well, we’re about to find out, as it’s been reported that the young actress is set to star in the Black Listed zombie drama Maggie, the story of a 16-year-old girl (Moretz) from a Midwestern town who becomes infected with a virus after being bitten by a zombie.
We all love a good zombie flick, but Maggie is a bit of an unusual one, as the girl’s transformation from human to zombie actually takes a total of six months, and the story follows the effect this has on her family – especially her father, who loves the girl unconditionally.
Actor and filmmaker Paddy Considine (you may have seen him in Hot Fuzz and The Bourne Ultimatum, and he directed Tyrannosaur) is also joining the Maggie cast.
Last year, Wanted director Timur Bekmambetov won an auction to pick up the script, which made the auspicious Black List (a yearly collection of the best unproduced screenplays, by John Scott 3. Bekmambetov isn’t mentioned in the most recent update, which has Inferno Entertainment financing the film and Pierre-Ange Le Pogam producing, with Matthew Baer and Trevor Kaufman as co-producers. Perhaps Bekmambetov decided to let the script go and allow someone else to get the film off the ground, but that’s pure speculation. That said, this role seems to be a good fit for Moretz, who appears to be shining in the dark and twisted stories she’s taken on so far.
Also of note is the fact that that in-demand main title sequence wizard, Henry Hobson, is set to helm Maggie as his feature directorial debut. Hobson has a day job as a programmer for satellite guidance systems for NASA, and works at the Chandra X-Ray Observatory, but he’s also responsible for impressive title sequences in films like Sherlock Holmes, Rango and even AMC’s hit zombie drama series The Walking Dead. If nothing else, Maggie should look amazing. Production begins in September, so stay tuned for more news on this project.
Are you looking forward to Maggie?