Zombies on TV? Well, there already are a couple of zombie-based television shows, including The Walking Dead which remains one of the biggest shows on TV, but how about a friendly zom-rom-com based on a popular novel turned movie? The 2013 feature Warm Bodies is being remade as new TV show from its director, Jonathan Levine, under a new production deal he’s reached with Lionsgate.
According to THR, the development of Warm Bodies is part of a first-look deal that Levine has signed with Lionsgate for his new production company, Megamix.
“Lionsgate is the perfect home for Megamix, a studio to both my most successful and favorite moviemaking experiences. Joe [Drake, Lionsgate Motion Picture Group Chairman] and Nathan [Kahane, President of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group] have been great collaborators and friends who have supported me over the years and are as committed as Gillian and I are to nurture unique, creative and commercial visions and we couldn’t be more thrilled,” Levine said in a statement.
Again, the first product of this new agreement is, apparently, a new adaptation of Warm Bodies, which Lionsgate released back in 2013. The film starred Nicholas Hoult as R, a zombie shuffling his way through the post-apocalypse when he happens on one of the last surviving humans, a girl named Julie, played by Teresa Palmer. Their bizarre romance ends up re-humanizing R even as Julie’s own father, played by John Malkovich, plans to wipe out the zombies once and for all. The film is based on a novel by Isaac Marion, who also wrote a sequel called The Burning World, and plans two other books for a four book series.
Aside from Warm Bodies, former Lionsgate exec Gillian Bohrer, who is teaming with Levine on developing Megamix, promises that the new company will create a “diverse slate of projects” and said that they’re fortunate to be working with a company like Lionsgate who “believes in taking risks.” At Lionsgate, Bohner helped shepherd the Twilight franchise and La La Land to financial and award-winning success respectively.
There’s no word yet on who will be in the Warm Bodies adaptation, or when or where it will be on the air. In the meantime though, will you be making room in your PVR for another zombie show? Let us know on Twitter, on the official NOFS Reddit, or The Horror Movie Fiend Club on Facebook!