The road to reclaiming stardom has been a rough one for Arnold Schwarzenegger with almost all of his recent films proving to be box office flops. Between The Last Stand, Escape Plan, Sabotage and now The Expendables 3, it really doesn’t seem like audiences are all that interested in seeing him kick ass in macho action movies anymore. Fortunately, his next project will find him going outside the box just a little bit. The film is called Maggie and it finds him playing a father who must care for his teenage daughter (played by Abigail Breslin) as she slowly turns into a zombie. Lionsgate announced this week that they have acquired North American rights to the film, but what they didn’t say up front is that they have also pulled it from the Toronto International Film Festival at the last minute. Hit the jump for more details.
According to ScreenDaily, Henry Hobson’s Maggie was slated to have its world premiere at TIFF next month, but after Lionsgate picked up the film it has been abruptly pulled from the festival. Although they offered no official explanation for the decision, insiders say they “intend to re-cut the film and do not want to present it until it is ready.” Lionsgate plans to give the movie a theatrical release in early 2015.
Sounds to me like they know the movie is bad, but they’re hoping to keep it away from critics until they can throw it in theatres and cash in on Arnold’s name and the premise. Then again, plenty of movies picked up at film festivals get retooled before getting a proper release, so maybe it can still be salvaged. Lionsgate head honcho Steve Beeks did say that the movie has “all the ingredients that spell commercial excitement – a compelling script and an ‘A’ list superstar surrounded by a world-class cast.” What do you think, are you interested in Maggie and do you think it’s a bad sign that it dropped out of TIFF?