Early in 2011, we reported that Timur Bekmambetov (WantedAbraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) was looking to purchase the screenplay for Maggie, a much talked about zombie story that follows a family whose daughter has been infected.

That deal ended up falling through, but project gained steam again last year when it was reported that Chloe Moretz was in talks to star. We haven't heard anything since, but it has now been confirmed that Arnold Schwarzenegger will play the role of Maggie's father.

This report comes from Deadline, who notes that shooting is expected to begin this fall. This is a breaking news story, so at this time, we have no word if Chloe Moretz is still involved and who else makes up the main cast. Here is a previously released description of the original script:

“Maggie is a 16-year old girl from a town in middle America who becomes infected by a zombie. Much the way that Danny Boyle changed the lumbering zombie stereotype by speeding up the undead in 28 Days Later, Maggie changes the lightning quick infection period evident in most zombie films, where victims become zombies in minutes. It will take six months for Maggie to turn, and the film tracks the transformation as she stays with her family."

Commercial director Henry Hobson is still said to be making his feature debut on this film. With Arnold Schwarzenegger's involvement, we're not if the budget and cast has changed, but we'll update this story as soon as more details become available. This is not the first new genre project that Schwarzenegger has attached his name to recently. He's looking at possible Terminator and Conan sequels, and it was recently reported that he'll have a part in the remake of The Toxic Avenger.

Source: Deadline