Wanted director Timur Bekmambetov recently won the rights to a new zombie genre movie script called Maggie written by John Scott 3. This project went through a pretty crazy auction today between six bidders.
Apparently the reason everyone wanted a piece of this script action is because there are some “inventive twists on the popular zombie genre.” The film can also be made for a fairly low budget of $4 to $8 million dollars. I think it’s funny that Hollywood has finally has realized they don’t have to spend $50 to $100 million dollars to make a good movie. Studios can make more movies this way, and make a better return. The film will be produced by Bekmambetov, and will be directed by first time feature film director Henry Hobson.
According to Deadline the story follows Maggie, “a 16-year old girl from a town in middle America who becomes infected by a zombie. Much the way that Danny Boyle changed the lumbering zombie stereotype by speeding up the undead in 28 Days Later, Maggie changes the lightning quick infection period evident in most zombie films, where victims become zombies in minutes. It will take six months for Maggie to turn, and the film tracks the transformation as she stays with her family.”
I love this concept! The story allows us to connect with the main character before she turns in a zombie, it gives this film some emotional weight. It’s also something that’s never been done before with the zombie genre. This is a movie that’s going to be worth watching.
Now get this... the guy who wrote the script, John Scott 3, actually programs satellite guidance systems for NASA as his day job. “He works at the Chandra X-Ray Observatory, which takes photos of X-Ray photons in deep space.” As for the director of the film, Hobson, he creates title sequences for films that included Sherlock Holmes. He was recently hired by Sony to direct its campaign for the PlayStation 3 series Resistance. Maggie will be the first feature film for each talent.
Maggie will go into production within a year.
What do you all think of this zombie film project with an original twist?