It's going to be difficult in some ways for Warm Bodies, because while it has nothing to do with Twilight, the fact that it's coming from the same studio (Summit Entertainment) -- in addition to the whole girl-falls-for-zombie storyline -- means that folks will automatically compare it to Twilight. For Summit that might mean big business on yet another popular teen-lit adaptation, though it may ultimately hurt the perception of the film if too many people think it's just some cheap Twilight rip-off (which it's not).
Below you can glimpse the first image of Nicholas Hoult in the adaptation of Warm Bodies, due out this June. Here's a brief synopsis from Amazon: "R is a zombie, but R is so much more. He certainly looks the part with his trademark gait and rotting flesh. Sure he loves to munch on human brains as much as the next dead guy, but something is changing inside. He just met this human girl named Julie on a hunting raid and instead of eating her, he's decided to save her life and hide her from his friends. In this post apocalyptic world where zombies prey on human survivors, this is certainly a no-no. But R can't help himself. Julie is causing him to do something he didn't know he was capable of doing: to feel. For the first time in his death R has found a reason to live."
We asked director Jonathan Levine whether he sees similarities between Warm Bodies and Twilight, and here's what he had to say: "The only thing I know about Twilight is I've seen a few of them and ... I understand why people like them, but they're not for me," he told Movies.com. "I understand why people like them, though, and I think elements of them are really interesting and great. That's not the movie we're trying to make here. What we're trying to make here is very different, very unique -- the tone is a little more ballsy, I think. Yes it's still a romance, but it has more elements of humor; it's got cynicism and irony and cultural commentary. It's just smart. That's what appeals to me about it."
Levine added that they're hoping to make a more sophisticated movie for young people. "Those films like Back to the Future -- Zemeckis and Spielberg kind of things -- are good examples of what we're trying to do," he told us. "There's also elements of Children of Men; stuff like Oldboy. And it's not that it's a throwback to those films of the '80s or anything like that -- I'm just using those references to say that a movie for young people can be more sophisticated in tone, and doesn't have to be super earnest.
What do you think?
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Update: Two more images of Hoult below, courtesy of USA Today