Timur Bekmambetov Picks Up Unique Zombie Spec Script 'Maggie'
Quite an auction between six bidders was apparently going on for a new spec script called Maggie. You may not be interested if I told you that the story dealt with zombies again, but what if I told you it follows a 16-year old girl from a town in middle America who becomes infected by a zombie? Still not good enough? Well, what if that story also took an extended look at the infection of this girl so that it actually takes six months for the titular girl to turn into a zombie and the film follows her transformation and how it affects her family? Yeah, that sounds pretty amazing to me, and Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) won the auction to produce the spec script.
In addition to the cool twist on the zombie genre, Deadline reports the film will be quite cheap to make coming in somewhere between $4 milllon and $8 million. The deal comes with the script by John Scott 3 (is he "the third" or does his name have a "3" in it?) with main title sequence wizard Henry Hobson set to direct the feature. Apparently the writer is normally a programmer for satellite guidance systems for NASA and works at the Chandra X-Ray Observatory. Meanwhile, Hobson has worked on cool title sequences for films like Sherlock Holmes, Rango and even AMC's series "The Walking Dead." Honestly, this sounds like a cool project, and the good news is that production should begin within a year. Sound good?