When Luke, the Head-NerdBastard in charge, asked me to do a post about the new trailer for director Jonathan Levine‘s Warm Bodies, based on the book of the same name by first time author Isaac Marion, he said, “Feel free to make fun of it as hard as you want.” So that was exactly the attitude I went with as I started watching. I mean really, a Zombie love story, is this gonna be Twilight with Zombies?
Something happened while I watched and listened to the inner dialogue going on in R’s ( That’s what the zombie’s name is listed as in IMDB) head. Maybe it was the musical selection, or the actually funny dialogue and scenes. By the time I finished the trailer I was checking the release date and the book cost over at Amazons.
Take a look and let me know if I’m right or do I need to do a weekend zombie movie marathon to cleanse my Zombie palate.
Warm Bodies stars Teresa Palmer as Julie, Nicholas Hoult as R, Dave Franco as Perry Kelvin, John Malkovich as General Grigio, Analeigh Tipton as Nora, Cory Hardrict as Kevin, and Rob Corddry as M. The movie shambles onto theater screens February 1st, 2013.
Because sexy vampires are soon to be out of fashion, and behind them sexy werewolves, what horror creature will take up the mantle of sexy, forbidden fruit? Zombies, duh. /Film reports todaySkinsactor (the superior British Skins, ’cause British originals are always superior) Nicholas Hoult will be playing the lead undead role in Jonathan Levine’s Warm Bodies, a zombie love story based on the novel of the same name by Isaac Marion. The book follows a zombie who begins a relationship with one of his victim’s girlfriends and is adapted from Marion’s short story, ‘I Am a Zombie Filled With Love.’ You can read the short story here.
Besides his role in Skins you may recognize Hoult as dorky, little Marcus from About A Boy with Hugh Grant as well as A Single Man with Colin Firth. We’ll be seeing much more of Hoult too; he’s playing Dr. Hank McCoy X-Men: First Class and the upcoming Jack the Giant Killer. Levine’s name should ring some bells too, he was the director of 2008’s The Wackness and his next film will be a comedy about cancer (Hilarious!), 50/50 starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Anna Kendrick, Seth Rogen and Bryce Dallas Howard.
I’m excited for romantic zombies, especially since they won’t be sparkling. It’ll be weird to have a zombie/human romance though. I mean, there will be hurdles, “I don’t love you for your body, I love you for you’re brain, you’re tasty, delicious brain. Om, nom, nom, nom.”I’ve read S.G. Browne’s Breathers: A Zombie Lament before, which I highly, highly recommend. It’s the love story between two zombies and with their similar, cultural, flesh-eating backgrounds they have much more in common . Breathers’ is supposedly being adapting for film as well, from Diablo Cody, which could mean this is the first of many zombie romances coming our way. But maybe I’m being old-fashioned in my scorn for human/zombie love. Warm Bodies might just be the flick to change my heart.
Warm Bodies begins production this summer, keep tuning in for more information. In the meantime you can watch the book’s trailer below the cut to get an idea of the tone and concept.