More than a few of us have likely wondered at one point or another what goes through a zombie’s head on a daily basis. Do they remember who they were? Can they conjure up any thoughts on what life used to be like before, well, death? Is their only concern finding their next meal? Back in 2011, Isaac Marion sought to answer this question with his YA novel, Warm Bodies, and this coming February Jonathan Levine will follow up the success of 50/50 with an adaptation of Marion’s book. If you’re like me, you’re excited for this and you’re not embarrassed in the slightest; the story is very clearly a descendant of Twilight, but I’m willing to look past the resemblance because despite the kinship, Warm Bodies looks to be very, very different from Stephanie Meyer’s disaster of a text.
And this clip, in which we witness the first four minutes of the film, supports that suspicion. Levine has his tongue firmly in cheek here; this doesn’t look like a brooding, somber, staid metaphor for teenage angst, among other less savory and far more offensive things. Instead, Warm Bodies has a sense of humor, not to mention a very healthy and welcome self-awareness and a clear fondness for zombie fare. If anything, Warm Bodies looks like the anti-Twilight, but of course I’ll have to see the movie for myself to see if that holds through. Here’s the synopsis:
“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.”
Warm Bodies hits theaters February 1st, 2013. Not that far away, but to whet your appetite in the interim, enjoy the footage– and sound off in the comments section!