Shaun of the Dead was a fantastic film, yet, since its release in 2004, Zombieland is the only film that’s had a true crack at the “rom zom com” formula. Given how successfully both movies were, I’m surprised we haven’t been inundated with other attempts.
Maybe the flood gates will open when Warm Bodies, set to debut in February 2013 and starring John Malkovich and Rob Corddry, arrives in cinemas and sparks the imaginations of (good) directors, producers and screen writers.
The movie is based on the novel of the same name, published in 2010 and written by Isaac Marion. Other than George Romeo, the influences are thinly disguised — take the names of the two main characters, Julie and “R”, the origins of which are left as an exercise to the reader to discover.
Going by the trailer, it’s unlikely to win any Academy Awards, but it should be worth several solid laughs. If this is the zombie genre’s answer to Twilight, well, we could do a hell of a lot worse.
At the very least, it’ll tide us over until Zombieland 2.