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Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #45. Craig Zobel’s Z for Zachariah

Z for Zachariah

Director: Craig Zobel
Writers: Pall Grimson, Nissar Modi
Producers: Sophia Lin, Tobey Maguire, Skuli Fr. Malmquist, Matthew Plouffe
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Cast: Amanda Seyfried, Chris Pine, Chiwetel Ejiofor

Scheduled to begin filming in New Zealand earlier this year, this is Craig Zobel’s hotly anticipated follow-up to his 2012 breakout film, Compliance. With several notable names among the cast, particularly Chiwetel Ejiofor, we’re assuming this will likely get a lot of attention. Based on the vintage novel from Robert O’Brien (who also wrote the novel upon which The Secret of NIMH is based), we’re curious to see what Zobel brings to the youth-skewed apocalypse genre.

Gist: Based on the novel by Robert C. O’Brien, this is about a sixteen-year-old girl named Ann Burden survives a nuclear war in a small American town.

Release Date: Considering its cast members, we’re assuming this will go straight to theaters in wide release.

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Los Angeles based Nicholas Bell is IONCINEMA.com's Chief Film Critic and covers film festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, Cannes and TIFF. He is part of the critic groups on Rotten Tomatoes, The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA), FIPRESCI, the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) and GALECA. His top 3 for 2023: The Beast (Bonello) Poor Things (Lanthimos), Master Gardener (Schrader). He was a jury member at the 2019 Cleveland International Film Festival.

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