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Schwarzenegger Zombie Flick Maggie Picked Up by Lionsgate

maggie filmThe Schwarzenegger zombie flick Maggie has been picked up by Lionsgate for American distribution, and pulled from showing at the Toronto International Film Festival. While it’s probably fine that they pulled

The movie has been praised for bending and transcending genres. It’s set in an apocalyptic world overrun by a zombie virus, but rather than the usual plot we see in zombie movies of late (in which “plot” is substituted for “shotgun”), it’s about he drama that unfolds between a father and his daughter when the daughter is bitten and begins to slowly transform into a monster.

Maggie has all the ingredients that spell commercial excitement—a compelling script and an ‘A’ list superstar surrounded by a world-class cast,” said Lionsgate’s Co-Chief Operating Officer and Motion Picture Group President Steve Beeks. “We’re delighted to continue our relationship with Arnold Schwarzenegger, who turns in a performance that marks a dramatic departure from his action persona, and partner with our friends at Lotus Entertainment on a film that will resonate with thriller aficionados everywhere.”

There’s no official release date for it yet, but they’re saying we should see it by early 2015.

Being pulled from the festival is probably fine. But it does make one wonder. While the official word on why they did it is that, having been picked up now, it doesn’t need the buzz from the festival. But isn’t buzz always good? One might wonder if they moved it out because now that it’s picked up, there’s no reason to risk a poor reception that might sour the deal with Lionsgate. But I’m staying optimistic – it really is a great concept.