Over the course of his career, Arnold Schwarzenegger has battled many nefarious foes, including vicious alien hunters, robots from the future, terrorists, organized crime, mercenaries of all varieties, and even the devil himself. And that’s not even taking into account his foray into politics, where I imagine he ruled over the state of California Conan-style, swinging a sword, dressed only in a loincloth and helmet. Maybe I should pay more attention to politics. One thing the Governator hasn’t ever taken on, however, is a zombie, but that’s about to change with the new movie Maggie. And he has to face off against a teenage girl zombie to boot. We haven’t heard much from the film lately, but now we’ve got a handful of photos to look at.
Schwarzenegger plays a Midwestern farmer who must stay by the side of his teenage daughter, played by Abigail Breslin (Ender’s Game), as she gradually makes the transition from a normal adolescent girl to flesh-hungry teenage zombie. While these images don’t show much in the way of zombie action, you see Arnold’s Wade character taking care of Breslin’s Maggie (who saw that coming?), and you get a slight glimpse of the changes she’s going through (because being a teenager isn’t hard enough and full of other changes).
I know this is supposed to be a serious movie, but the very idea of teenage zombies just makes me think of campy, schlocky fare that you’d see as the back end of a double feature at a drive in theater. There’s reportedly been a zombie outbreak, and Wade takes Maggie on a long journey in order to try to find a cure before she dies and starts munching on his appendages.
Henry Hobson will make his feature film directing debut with Maggie, though he has designed the titles for tons of different movies. It will be interesting to see how those skills translate to a longer work. He’ll be working from a script by John Scott 3, and this film also marks his feature debut as well, though he is (or at least was at some point) attached to adapt Isaac Asimov’s The Caves of Steel for 20th Century Fox.
Though he hasn’t seen the massive box office success that he was used to at the peak of his career, I have to admit that I’m digging this grizzled, world-weary version of Schwarzenegger. He’s still a badass—I don’t think he knows how to play anything else—but he’s a badass who has had enough and just generally wants to be left alone, but circumstances never allow that. Whether it’s outlaws driving really fast cars (The Last Stand) or looking for revenge after the cartels kill his family (Sabotage), he always has to kick your ass, but after that he’s going to go ahead and take a nap because he’s damn well earned one.
Maggie will rise from the grave at the Toronto International Film Festival later this year.