Just in time for Valentine’s Day 2013, audiences are going to get something they haven’t seen much of: a zombie romantic comedy. Sure, Shaun of the Dead already blazed the undead rom-com trail, but the twist with the upcoming Warm Bodies is that the story is told from the zombie’s point of view.
Warm Bodies aims to do for rotting flesh eaters what the Twilight movies did for sparkly blood suckers: make them dreamy teen heartthrobs. We’ll see how that one works out. The first trailer appeared the other day, and now there’s a new poster to accompany that video.
Warm Bodies is an adaptation of the young adult novel by Isaac Marion. It tells the tale of R (Nicholas Hoult, X-Men: First Class), an undead teen wandering a post-apocalyptic wasteland. His folk, the shambling and flesh-hungry, are at war with the last remaining remnants of humanity. Amidst all of his shuffling and moaning, he wants all the normal things a young man usually desires, an earnest connection, direction, friends, love, brains.
A real Romeo and Juliet style situation rears its ugly head when R falls for Julie (they’re not being particularly subtle), played by Teresa Palmer (I Am Number Four). See, she happens to be alive, and there’s a bit of stigma attached to dating a dead boy. Somehow, through their awkward, burgeoning relationship, R starts to become more and more alive than he has been in a while. Maybe love really is the cure for death, or at least for zombification.
Warm Bodies opens February 1, 2013.
If you missed the trailer, here it is again. It definitely skews towards the campier side of the spectrum.