Warm Bodies: Zombie of the Week

Posted by Grey Friday, November 4, 2011

It's like Twilight. With zombies.

We all know by now that love is indeed blind. And according to the storyline of Warm Bodies, an upcoming film set to be released next year, love is pretty much brain-dead as well.

Talked about star-crossed lovers. How's the gap between the living and the dead (or rather undead) sound? Described as a "zombie romance" by some book critics, writer Isaac Marion's debut novel "Warm Bodies" explores the tale of a living dead young zombie who fall in love with a living girl after consuming the brains (and we supposed, the memories) of the living girl's suicidal boyfriend.

In this upcoming feature film adaptation of the novel, Nicholas Hoult (best known for his turn as Hank McCoy in X-Men: First Class) stars as the protagonist zombies R, while Teresa Palmer (the show-stealing Number Six in I Am Number Four) will be starring as Julie Grigio, the living girl. Directed by Jonathan Levine (who brought us the well-reviewed 50/50 earlier), Warm Bodies is produced by Summit Entertainment, the studio behind The Twilight film series. So it's not really a stretch for the Twilight connection, especially after checking out the first promo image, which you can find right after the jump.

Warm Bodies is currently scheduled to release on August 10th, 2012.

Here’s the recently-unveiled full synopsis for the film:

Zombies love people, especially their brains. But R (Nicholas Hoult) is different. He’s alive inside, unlike the hundreds of other grunting, drooling undead—all victims of a recent plague that drove the remaining survivors into a heavily guarded city. Now the Zombies roam about an airport terminal, searching for human prey and living in fear of the vicious Boneys, the next undead incarnation.

One day, R and his best friend M lumber toward the city in search of food. There, R first sets his eyes on JULIE (Teresa Palmer), a beautiful human. Determined to save her—first from the other Zombies and then from the Boneys—R hides her in his home, a cluttered 747 aircraft. Julie is terrified, and R’s grunted assurances of “Not…eat” do little to calm her. But when R begins to act more human than Zombie, coming to her defense, refusing to eat human flesh, and even speaking in full sentences, Julie realizes that R is special.

After a few close calls with the Boneys, and with her father mounting an armed search for her, Julie realizes she can’t hide forever. So she sneaks back home, leaving R broken-hearted. Desperate to see her, R decides to comb his hair, stand a little straighter, and impersonate a human long enough to get past the city guards. If only he can prove to the humans that Zombies can change, maybe R and Julie’s love might stand a chance. But with the rampaging Boneys heading toward the city and Julie’s father intent on killing R and his Zombie friends, the stage is set for an all-out battle between the living and the undead.

A genre-bending tale of love and transformation, WARM BODIES is a story about a boy who loves a girl…for more than just her body.


And here's the book synopsis from Amazon:

R is a young man with an existential crisis—he is a zombie. He shuffles through an America destroyed by war, social collapse, and the mindless hunger of his undead comrades, but he craves something more than blood and brains. He can speak just a few grunted syllables, but his inner life is deep, full of wonder and longing. He has no memories, noidentity, and no pulse, but he has dreams.
After experiencing a teenage boy's memories while consuming his brain, R makes an unexpected choice that begins a tense, awkward, and stragely sweet relationship with the victim's human girlfriend. Julie is a blast of color in the otherwise dreary and gray landscape that surrounds R. His decision to protect her will transform not only R, but his fellow Dead, and perhaps their whole lifeless world.

Scary, funny, and surprisingly poignant, Warm Bodies is about being alive, being dead, and the blurry line in between.

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