Saturday, May 2, 2015
Abigail Breslin Behind the Zombie named "Maggie!"
Academy Award nominee Abigail Breslin stars on a titular role alongside legendary action film icon Arnold Schwarzenegger in the zombie-filled and apocalyptic film “Maggie” where she plays a young woman infected with a zombie virus and whose father’s love proves stronger than the horror of the virus that invaded her being.
One of this year’s most anticipated movie that spells huge commercial excitement, “Maggie” is directed by Henry Hobson, one of the world’s go-to directors for innovative title, end and credit sequences for his film works in “Snow White & The Huntsman,” “Robin Hood,” “Sherlock Holmes,” “The Help,” “Rango” and “Tree of Life,” video games “The Last of Us” and “Killzone” as well as AMC’s acclaimed top-rated zombie series, “The Walking Dead.” Adding further talents, Hobson has also (creative) directed the screen and stage looks for the Academy Awards for the past 6 years.
The movie is a heartbreaking take on the zombie genre that twists expectations and puts a human face on an inexplicable horror. By the time a necrotic viral pandemic spread cross-country to small town America and infected the film’s titular character, 16-year-old Maggie (Breslin), authorities had established a protocol for patients infected with the deadly virus: they are removed from society and taken to special isolation wards to complete the agonizing and dangerous transformation into one of the walking dead. The authorities do not speak about what happens after that.
I thought it was something I could really go full force into and take my time with the character. Our film is a humanization of zombies. Maggie’s not a monster. She goes in and out of her animalistic behaviors as the virus takes over. There are scenes with her friends that offer moments of relief from her isolation and sadness, the fact she’s dying. These are glimpses of what her life should be like. Then, we come back heavier than before because it’s all changing, it’s all going away.”
“We are pleased to continue our excellent relationship with Twentieth Century Fox,” said Mr. Maniatis. “We welcome Roland Emmerich and his talented team to New Mexico. In all, the production will employ approximately 300 local crew members and more than 4,000 local background talent.”
In a departure for the zombie genre, the true horror and suspense in “Maggie” lays not so much in the blood, brains and gore of the walking dead, but rather in the dark reality of caring for a child or loved one whose terminal illness or behavior make them a danger to themselves and their family – and eventually confronting the even darker choices that behavior presents to anguished, loving parents.
“Maggie” walks in cinemas nationwide this May 13, 2015 from Pioneer Films.