Some more news coming out of the San Diego Comic-Con, this bit concerning Jonathan Levine’s (All the Boys Love Mandy Lane) upcoming Summit Entertainment adaptation of the Isaac Marion book, Warm Bodies.
As per Maria Lewis who was at the panel discussion where Marion spoke about the transition to the screen …
Warm Bodies follows the story of a tormented zombie named R that begins an unlikely friendship with the human girlfriend of one of his victims. Marion said the tale is “more sincere, more emotional” than others within the genre, but still has the key gory elements.
“When I first wrote the original story I thought it would be interesting to have that particular creature explored in that way. I didn’t want to sanitize it and call him something that he’s not – he’s a zombie. At the start you watch him kill people and eat people and he’s doing all the horrific things that zombies do.”
“Then you see him go through these changes and he doesn’t understand why he has to do these things but he does (them). A lot of people can relate to that mindless repetition in life and doing things they probably shouldn’t and feeling guilty about it. Gradually he adopts more options as to what his choices are.”
Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: First Class) has been cast as R and Teresa Palmer (I Am Number Four) as his love interest. Although Marion said he “wasn’t directly involved” with the casting, he “totally approves” of the choices.
“I was made aware of who they were considering and so far it’s been falling into place. I think both of them would be great in those roles.”
On director Jonathan Levine as Warm Bodies‘ writer and director.
“I really loved The Wackness and when they showed me he was one of the directors they were considering, I was very enthusiastic. I’m really excited, especially when I found out he was going to write it as well. He’s a director I’ve been watching for a while.”
Warm Bodies is scheduled to start filming later this summer.
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