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Zombie apocalypse film “Maggie” starring Arnold Schwarzenegger will be heading to theatres courtesy of Lionsgate. The studio announced on Tuesday, August 26 that it has acquired the North America distribution rights with a release date set somewhere in the first quarter of 2015. Video games and “The Walking Dead” title sequence creator Henry Hobson directed the post-apocalyptic film.

Schwarzenegger stars in the zombie apocalypse film as a father on a journey to help his daughter, who is slowly “turning”, and trying to come to terms with her infection. Chloe Moretz was initially earmarked as the infected daughter, however her busy schedule did not allow her to take on the role. Abigail Breslin portrays the titular character, while Schwarzenegger plays a Midwestern farmer.

Arnold Schwarzenegger's Zombie Thriller 'Maggie' Release Date Announced

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Zombie Thriller ‘Maggie’ Release Date Announced

Lionsgate’s Co-Chief Operating Officer and Motion Picture Group President Steve Beeks said:

” ‘Maggie’ has all the ingredients that spell commercial excitement – a compelling script and an ‘A’ list superstar surrounded by a world-class cast,”

“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.”

Lotus producers Bill Johnson and Jim Seibel said:

“Maggie takes the zombie genre in exciting new directions, and it offers something for everyone – star power, horror, suspense, and riveting performances that will keep moviegoers on the edge of their seats,”

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Schwarzenegger also produced the film, with Bill Johnson, Ara Keshishian, Colin Bates, Joey Tufaro, Pierre-Ange Le Pogam and Matthew Baer.

According to the official press release:

Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), a premier next generation global content leader, has acquired the North American distribution rights to the apocalyptic thriller Maggie, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger (the Terminator andExpendables franchises, Total Recall, Batman and Robin), Academy Award-nominated Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine, Ender’s Game) and Joely Richardson (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, the hit TV series The Tudors and Nip/Tuck).

The film tells the story of a deadly zombie virus that has put a plague on the world. When Maggie, a vivacious young woman becomes infected, her father brings her home to let her be with their family. As Maggie’s condition worsens, their relationship is tested, a father’s love holding on stronger than the disease. This heart-wrenching twist on the zombie apocalypse puts a human face on an inexplicable horror.

Source: latimes.com