Compliance writer/director Craig Zobel has signed on to helm Z for Zachariah, reports Variety. The post-apocalyptic drama will be based on the Robert C. O’Brien novel, which is described as follows:
Ann Burden is sixteen years old and completely alone. The world as she once knew it is gone, ravaged by a nuclear war that has taken everyone from her. For the past year, she has lived in a remote valley with no evidence of any other survivors.
But the smoke from a distant campfire shatters Ann’s solitude. Someone else is still alive and making his way toward the valley. Who is this man? What does he want? Can he be trusted? Both excited and terrified, Ann soon realizes there may be worse things than being the last person on Earth.
The film will star Tobey Maguire as a rugged scientist with a dark past. He’ll also produce with his Material Pictures partner Matthew Plouffe.
They’ll produce with The Hunger Games helmer Gary Ross and Steve Bannatyne of Lucky Hat Entertainment, while Palomar Pictures’ Joni Sighvatsson will also produce with Skuli Malmquist and Thor Sigurjonsson of ZikZak Filmworks.