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Biz Break: Do You Still Love Zombies? Even After You Hear What I Have To Tell You?

By Jodi Smith | Industry | June 24, 2013 |

By Jodi Smith | Industry | June 24, 2013 |

I suppose one could separate their love for zombies from the horrible, big budget zombie movies invading theaters. After all, World War Z still managed to make several millions of dollars in its opening weekend, even after a changed ending and publicly scrutinized re-shoots and friction between director and actor. So what happens now? SEQUEL. That’s right. That underwhelming zombie movie loosely based on a novel of the same name is interested in stretching itself into even more mediocre films. After all, the novel is full of awesome material to be ignored and reshaped into sh*t pies.

Can you feel that? Feels bad, man. Feels real bad.

Perhaps you still think your zombie love will remain untainted and pure. Arnold Schwarzenegger has decided to produce and star in the zombie film Maggie. Schwarzenegger will play father to the titular Maggie, a girl who is dealing with her slow transformation into one of the undead.

Actually, it sounds like a creative and interesting take on the stale zombie genre. Instead of following one man who is able to avoid the zombies and witnessing secondary characters fall prey to the flesh-hungry diseased masses, we can see the perspective of someone unlucky enough to be bitten. It could be a really great film, except Schwarzenegger can’t act worth a damn and director Henry Hobson has never done more than art direction on film credits before this.

I promise that I haven’t got any more zombie news for you. I do have turtle news. I LIKE TURTLES. Perhaps you will recall that William Fichtner had been cast in the upcoming Michael Bay-produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but we didn’t know who he would be portraying. Well, good news, everyone! We now know that instead of hiring a Japanese man to portray the role of Oroku Saki, aka Shredder, Fichtner has been cast!


The Wachowski Siblings’ Jupiter Ascending has its sci-fi plot under a thick shroud of mystery. However, while talking about his new movie White House Down, Channing Tatum was able to tell Collider a little bit about his character in the Wachowski film.

“I’m a splice, splices are essentially built in a test tube. I’m a hybrid wolf and human. And half albino, so I’m a little defective.”

Oh. Um. Okay. But is there any of this?


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Jodi Smith is a Senior Reporter, Film & Television at Pajiba. You can email her or follow her on Twitter.