Timur Bekmambetov Picks Up Unique Zombie Spec Script 'Maggie'
by Ethan Anderton
April 1, 2011
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?
It should roll like this: "What, you're infected?" "Yes Mom, I got bitten" "Oh, just a second dear..." Axe to the face. Burn/Bury body. The End.
Crapola on Apr 1, 2011
I've read this and the deadline article and I still don't get it. I'm all for the zombie movie, but if this is all that's happening during it, it sounds more like a drama than anything.
jay on Apr 1, 2011
Sure, and then she meets a mummy who has to keep his skin under wraps cuz it's all sparkly and falls in emo love, but her childhood friend, a gargoyle who can't keep his shirt on, is like... eternal enemies and stuff... and it turns out their sooo emo for her too... pickup truck... constant frowning and nervous ticks... mulit-billion dollar franchise.
Anonymous on Apr 2, 2011
I think this is a pretty interesting plot to a film. I'm a huge zombie movie addict and to be quite honest I have always pondered for hours after a good zombie flick as to how a person became a zombie, how long it took, how it affected their relationships and how they reacted prior to a huge outbreak. I think it's pretty deep.. lol. I'm glad it's not all just killing the zombie and running away from them and having a nonsense ending of where survival is just so out of reach you might as well just blast yourself.. I think this can go far to be quite honest.
Brenda Estrada on Apr 3, 2011
This was actually already done by a small, indie film maker in 2008. It's titled 'Colin'. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1278322/
TheDoctor on Apr 6, 2011
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