- Cast: Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, Analeigh Tipton, Rob Corddry, Dave Franco, John Malkovich, Cory Hardrict, Vincent Leclerc, Jonathan Dubsky, Alec Bourgeois, Robert Reynolds, Felix Bergeron, Zavier Vaillancourt, John Topor, Ayisha Issa, Christine Rodriguez, Quinn O'Neill, Dawn Ford, Geneviève Joly-Provost
- Director: Jonathan Levine
- Writers: Jonathan Levine, Isaac Marion
- Producers: David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman, Bruna Papandrea
- Executive Producers: John Brooks Klingenbeck, Cori Stern, Cori Shepherd Stern, Nicolas Stern, Laurie Webb
- Art Direction: Gilles Aird
- Castings: Joanna Colbert, Richard Mento
- Costume Design: George L. Little
- D.O.P.: Javier Aguirresarobe
- Editor: Nancy Richardson
- Makeup: Monica Huppert
- Musics: Marco Beltrami, Buck Sanders
- Production Design: Martin Whist
- Set Decoration: Suzanne Cloutier
A funny new twist on a classic love story, "Warm Bodies" is a poignant tale about the power of human connection. After a zombie epidemic, R (a highly unusual zombie) encounters Julie (a human survivor), and rescues her from a zombie attack.
Julie sees that R is different from the other zombies, and as the two form a special relationship in their struggle for survival, R becomes increasingly more human – setting off an exciting, romantic, and often comical chain of events that begins to transform the other zombies and maybe even the whole lifeless world.
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Filming Locations: Montreal, Canada
- MPAA Warning: Zombie violence and some language
- Production Budget: $40 million
- Production Companies: Summit Entertainment, Make Movies, Mandeville Films
- Production Schedule: September 2011 - November 2011
2013 Guide Analysis:"The critics love him, but the public is still only slowly waking up to filmmaker Jonathan Levine. His first film, "The Wackness," was the toast of Sundance a few years ago. It was, however, the textbook example of a film in the Park City bubble - upon release reviews were very mixed and the box-office was disastrous. His follow-up in 2011 however, the cancer comedy "50/50," drew rave reviews across the board and a decidedly more impressive box-office result.
This third outing won't score the award nominations of his last work, but could well be a bigger earner than his previous two films combined. Based on the novel by Isaac Marion, "Warm Bodies" is described as a zombie romance set in a post-apocalyptic world and following a zombie named R ("Skins" and "A Single Man" star Nicholas Hoult) who eats the brain of a suicidal teen. R is soon overcome with love for the teen's girlfriend Julie (Teresa Palmer), rescuing her from certain death at one point which leads to a blossoming romance. Cue distinct allusions to "Romeo and Juliet" throughout.
Levine's work is said to be quite faithful to the book, but more importantly he gets to change up the mythology of zombies as seen in the various films and shows which usually have a 'Dead' in the title. For starters the tone is a lightweight romantic fantasy and therefore a PG-13, so the zombies themselves are actually decent lookers and there's no exploding body parts.
The zombies are also subject to a "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" style locked-in syndrome with Hoult providing a lot of voice-over conveying his character's thoughts. This was aptly demonstrated in a trailer which looked like a hoot. Shot in Montreal in late 2011, it'll be interesting to see how audiences will react to a film that could well shake-up the familiar undead formula. Certainly the promise of a brain-eating scene set to John Waits' "Missing You" is worth the ticket price alone."