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John Malkovich Joins Adaptation of Zombie Love Story 'Warm Bodies'

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September 7, 2011
Source: Variety

Warm Bodies / John Malkovich

Back in March it was revealed that the stunning Aussie actress Teresa Palmer (I Am Number Four) would join Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: First Class) in an adaptation of Isaac Marion's book Warm Bodies. The unique story follows an existentially tormented zombie named "R" who begins an unlikely friendship with the girlfriend of one of his victims, a relationship that could a chain reaction that will transform him, his fellow zombies, and maybe the whole undead world. Now Variety reports John Malkovich has also joined the cast as the villainous General Grigio, a man who's obsessed with the destruction of the zombie threat.

The Wackness and 50/50 director Jonathan Levine is writing and directing the film which also sees Rob Corddry as "M," another zombie who seems, at least at first, to be the only other undead walker similar to "R." Though on the surface the story seems to be cashing on on the trend of combining teenage romance with supernatural elements and creatures that became so popular after The Twilight Saga, Levine's involvement lends a certain amount of credibility. In addition, with this assembly of talent in front of the camera, I can't help but be even more intrigued and certainly interested to get our first look at the film sometime down the road. How about you?

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  • Craig
    I'm usually there for anything involving zombies or John Malkovich, but I don't know about this. Anything that's capable of emotion isn't a zombie. That alone had me feeling trepidatious; then you had to go and bring up Twilight and the outlook went from bad to worse. Still, I guess I should reserve judgment until we've seen more.
    • Mike P.
      I agree, it is against what we define as a "zombie" but just look at it as a different take on what we know and expect.  It may be refreshing, it may not. 

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