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What’s up with that WARM BODIES TV show?

Last but not least thanks the Walking Dead, the zombie genre got a giant shot of life in the 2010s, paving the way for a new golden age within the popular subgenre. One of the most low-key and successful projects in this boom was the Lionsgate feature customization Warm bodies, the romantic, whimsical zombie novel by Isaac Marion. Given that the author has four books in the series, one would have imagined something else would have happened by now, right? A TV show was in the works at one point, but seems stuck in some kind of development hell right now, according to the author.

Marion recently spoke to Syfy Wire in honor of the film’s upcoming 10th anniversary this week. During the chat, he explained that at one point there were deals in place for a sequel. And over time, that morphed into a TV show. Now? Things seem completely uncertain.

“There was a time when it seemed like a safe bet, contracts were worked out etc but for some reason it just keeps slipping back and forth. Talks of a sequel to the film morphed into a television series that was actually announced as “in development” a few years ago, only to mysteriously die down. I’m only marginally involved at this point, so I don’t really know , what’s going on behind the scenes. It’s all a big challenge for me. But they’ve optioned all four books for TV, so it’s still possible. Warm bodies is just the opening act of the story – it’s actually 18 percent of the total word count – so it would be a dream to see the rest on screen one day.”

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The show was announced in 2019 when the film’s director, Jonathan Levine, signed a first-look deal with Lionsgate. In the four years since then, very little seems to have moved on that front. This is despite the fact that the 2013 flick grossed $117 million at the box office from a budget of $35 million, all against very positive reviews. For those who might need a little refresher, the synopsis of the film is as follows:

“After a zombie epidemic, R (a most unusual zombie) meets Julie (a human survivor) and saves her from a zombie attack. Julie sees that R is different from the other zombies and that the two form a special bond as R becomes more and more human in their struggle to survive – setting in motion an exciting, romantic and often comical chain of events that begins, the other zombies and maybe to transform even the whole inanimate world.”

Nicholas Hoult (The menu) and Teresa Palmer (Lights out) starred in the first film. As for the TV show, there’s plenty of source material to work with. Marion has written a total of four books, including the series The new hunger, the burning world and The living. At least there’s no shortage of stories for Levine – or anyone else – for the small screen.

In the meantime, Warm bodies is currently streaming on Peacock.


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