First Promo Image and Synopsis for WARM BODIES Starring Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer

     November 2, 2011

Steve is over at the American Film Market where various studios are trying to sell the international rights to their upcoming films.  One of the films being sold is Jonathan Levine‘s zombie love story Warm Bodies, and Steve snapped a photo of the promo image.  The movie stars Nicholas Hoult as “R”, a zombie who falls in love with Julie (Teresa Palmer) after he eats her boyfriend’s brains and absorbs his memories.  I got to visit the set last week and while I’m embargoed like crazy, I can say the movie looks like an interesting spin on the genre.  Judging by this image, it looks like Summit Entertainment is going to play up the romance aspect (the movie also has horror and comedy) and making it look like zombie Twilight.  That’s a risky bet since I don’t think those audiences are going to cross-over, but it’s still early in the game and remember: this is trying to sell international studios, not the public.

Hit the jump to check out the promo image.  The film also stars Rob Corddry, John Malkovich, Analeigh Tipton, and Dave FrancoWarm Bodies opens August 10, 2012. [Update: We've updated the article with a full, comprehensive synopsis as well as a high resolution version of the image]


Here’s the full synopsis for Warm Bodies:

Zombies love people, especially their brains. But R (Nicholas Hoult) is different. He’s alive inside, unlike the hundreds of other grunting, drooling undead—all victims of a recent plague that drove the remaining survivors into a heavily guarded city. Now the Zombies roam about an airport terminal, searching for human prey and living in fear of the vicious Boneys, the next undead incarnation.

One day, R and his best friend M lumber toward the city in search of food. There, R first sets his eyes on JULIE (Teresa Palmer), a beautiful human. Determined to save her—first from the other Zombies and then from the Boneys—R hides her in his home, a cluttered 747 aircraft. Julie is terrified, and R’s grunted assurances of “Not…eat” do little to calm her. But when R begins to act more human than Zombie, coming to her defense, refusing to eat human flesh, and even speaking in full sentences, Julie realizes that R is special.

After a few close calls with the Boneys, and with her father mounting an armed search for her, Julie realizes she can’t hide forever. So she sneaks back home, leaving R broken-hearted. Desperate to see her, R decides to comb his hair, stand a little straighter, and impersonate a human long enough to get past the city guards. If only he can prove to the humans that Zombies can change, maybe R and Julie’s love might stand a chance. But with the rampaging Boneys heading toward the city and Julie’s father intent on killing R and his Zombie friends, the stage is set for an all-out battle between the living and the undead.

A genre-bending tale of love and transformation, WARM BODIES is a story about a boy who loves a girl…for more than just her body.

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  • bobafett

    I’d volunteer to be Teresa Palmer’s warm body!

  • Spock Jenkins

    Necrophila Abounds…

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  • dean

    this is twilight and frankenstien mixed. i will only watch this because ot teresa palmer (drool)

  • retrocity

    Wow, I never thought they’d teen romantify the zombie genre…I thought it was safe, but I was a fool. A DAMN FOOL! If they were going to do this they should have at least did an adaption of the izombie comics… That could have hit a few of the same story points but would have been much more interesting. As much as I love them, 2012 might be the year of zombie over saturation…

  • Rachel

    I honestly hate this promo. I adore the book, but this promo does exactly what I’m sure Summit was trying to do: bank on the Twilight audience. Warm Bodies is not a young-adult book, it is fully an adult novel, and it is a wonderful book. It cannot compare to Twilight in any tangible way. I hope the posters and trailers do not follow this line of thought, because I don’t really know that it will be effective.

  • .Ambur.

    Awe! I can’t wait to see this! I loved Warm Bodies! It’s definitely one of my favourite zombie books, and I loved how different R was. For a book about zombies, this one is very hopeful! I can’t wait to see this movie! Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer are so perfect, almost exactly how I pictured the characters while reader…maybe R was a little more haggard in my mind, and they ditched his suit :( but other than that I think they’re fantastic! I’m kind of with Rachel, I’m not sure how I feel about this being marketed as like Twilight, but since it is Summit is making it, it isn’t really a surprise that they’re taking it that way. I am seriously so excited for this movie though, I’ll definitely be seeing it opening day, regardless of how it’s marketed. :)

  • t

    this looks like the poster from the first Twilight film!!

    u know, i was really excited about this film. i’ve never read the book, but the plot sounded really interesting. include nicholas hoult- boom, i’m there. but really? it makes sense that summit did this. bad makeup, weird pose, a girl who looks like a Kristen Stewart doppleganger. stop trying to copy the success of another film, make it unique!

  • Strong Enough

    THATS what a zombie looks like nowadays? lol

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  • GerryA

    I feel quite ill. I’ve seen goths who look scarier than this guy. I’ve seen 10 year olds trick or treating who look scarier.
    So how long is he a zombie?
    By his looks it has to be mere minutes. He can absorb thoughts by eating brains eh? So if he eats legs does he get faster?
    Does he get smarter the more brains he eats?
    Do other zombies do the same?
    Why are they making a movie which essentially glorifies necrophila?
    Will she stick with him after he’s been a few days in the sun or is she attracted to the smell of rotting flesh?
    Does he really love her, or is it just rigamortis setting in?
    This line from the propaganda blarb really had me LOLing:
    “If only he can prove to the humans that Zombies can change”
    Yes from an unanimated fresh corspe to animated rotting corpse.

    The only horror here is that this sh!t exists. “No brains… Money, MOOONEEEY….”

  • ozzie

    This sounds kind of silly but I have made it a rule not to miss Nick Hoult in anything. He is a spectacular actor.

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  • Mark

    The book was actually very good (no reverse necrophilia in it, trust me on that) but this really does look terrible. I could think of at least a hundred better ways to handle this adaption then to make R look like a depressed emo kid.
    ‘Tis a shame…

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  • miklos agoston

    I just finished a few/many days of shooting as a Zombie…called corpses on that movie*in montreal* and it looks so good…can not wait to see it on the big screen!!

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  • Carmen

    I’m not going to pass judgment on the movie just yet, but I have to say this promo poster really upsets me. I’ve been reading the book, and it’s a lot darker, and rated-R than this poster looks. If they somehow puss-ify the movie, then that would be a great shame and very upsetting.

    The book is freaking awesome, and absolutely nothing like Twilight despite the impression this poster gives. It’s a million times better than Twilight, and could do very well on its own without trying to drag in the Twilight crowd.

  • Charlie

    …This poster upsets me quite a bit, as a fan of the book…
    It looks as though it’s imitating the formulaic romance angle of a lot of books similar to, and including Twilight, which Warm Bodies is certainly not about.

    I mean come on, they didn’t even bother to put the main character in a suit. Did they read the same book?

  • CK

    This looks terrible! I read the book and I quite liked it. This looks like a spinoff of Twilight, which was a horrible series. I was actually looking forward to this film until I saw this promo. I doubt I will be watching it now.
    Warm bodies was not romance novel. Yes there was a romance in it, but it was certainly not the main focus.
    I wont judge them for not making the characters looks how imagines them, but R doesnt even look like he’s dead.

  • Jenelle C

    I also read Warm Bodies and I loved it. I couldn’t put it down. While I am excited about seeing this movie, and I think the actors they picked to portray the characters from the book are spot-on, I am a little upset that the promo poster looks like the first one of Twilight. I loved Twilight, but I am ready for something different. And to those who are hating on R not looking like a real zombie, this is how he is described in the book, except in the book he wears a suit.

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  • PadyEos

    Warm Bodies? Zombie romance?! And SOPA will destroy the Internet to protect them? What is wrong with people these days… I dare them to watch the classic zombie movies and even The Walking Dead series and then come up with this! MOVIE INDUSTRY! ARE YOU RETARDED?!

  • Paul

    No self respecting studio would support this.

    The zombie apocalypse is the idle daydream of every nerd, geek, weapon owner, soldier, gun owner, horror-lover, survival-story lover, apocalypse-story lover and video gamer. It breaks down the mediocrity of every day life and turns it into a challenge, while making every side skill seemingly essential.

    No one ever really considers what happens if they get sick in the initial wave, because the zombie apocalypse is the moment you’re set apart and you have the opportunity to be something special without actually putting in any previous effort to get there (schooling, life choices, etc). It is not an “original” setting for a love story.

    Never in history have zombies been shown to have feelings or personalities for two key reasons.
    1) It’s absurd. Eating his brains and gaining his memories? Not something teenage girls want to know about. I mean, seriously? That is pretty Mayan right there.
    2) Zombies are easy moral targets to kill. They’re everywhere, but they’re soulless and with no serious moral qualms (they can exist, but only for character development on behalf of the survivors.)

    What you have is attempting to crossover an audience that settled on Twilight because of the main character being a soulless shell that anyone can insert themselves into. It doesn’t work that way. So all you get is a movie unable to get the audience it caters to while every other audience hates its guts. And I for one, won’t buy it and I won’t watch it. Rebecca Black was a success because it became popular to hate her work, but it won’t work that way with a movie.

    In summary: Bad idea, I’d pull funding before you see this trainwreck of a premise come to a terrible end.

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  • brittney

    im gonna watch this movie because it seems romantic. and the “r” zombie dude is totally hot

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  • Heather

    ok alot of people think that this movie would be another “Twilight”, to me i think its far from being that its alot more intertaning and its not the same as the Twilight fillm and here are a some things i think why,
    1) Every vampier romance book ever created was a vampier faling in love with a human girl and girl falls in love with a vampier boy.
    2) Its entierly diffrent from Twilight so what its the same studeo that the Twilight movies used not every movie from them is going to be like it ,get over it.
    3) a person falling in love with a zombi and a zombie falling in love with a human is an imposebul thing to happen but intresting at the same time its really creative and new that i think would be an intresting theing to see.
    4) for one thing from watching the trailer it has comidy,horror,love story.
    5) big deal its another love story its not going to be like twilight it has alot more then twilight had
    so that what im trying to put up to you guys

  • Kristen Metty

    It was a great movie. It made 20 Mil opening weekend.