Director Jonathan Levine (‘Long Shot’) has formed his own production banner, Megamix, and inked a first-look deal with Lionsgate. Levine’s first planned project is a TV adaptation of the 2013 zombie romance ‘Warm Bodies’, which Levine wrote and directed, based on the novel by Isaac Marion. Lionsgate distributed the film. Levine’s deal follows that made by his frequent collaborators Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg, who also recently transferred their Point Grey Pictures production company over to Lionsgate from Sony, where it had previously resided.
Unfortunately, there aren’t any more details about the ‘Warm Bodies’ TV series, as the big news was mainly about the formation of Megamix. Levine will run Megamix with Gillian Bohrer, a former Lionsgate exec.
Regarding her new position and working with Levine, Bohrer said:
“Jonathan and I have a shared passion for movies that defy conventional wisdom about what defines a ‘commercial movie.’ I loved the diverse slate of projects I was able to shepherd at Lionsgate, and we’re delighted to bring Megamix to a company that believes in taking risks.”
‘Warm Bodies’ was a low-budget breakout hit, which received generally positive reaction. The story is told from the perspective of teenage zombie R, played by Nicholas Hoult in one of his first “grown up” roles, after making waves a child actor in ‘About a Boy’ and more. R falls in love with human, Julie played by Teresa Palmer. The cast also included Rob Corddry, Dave Franco, John Malkovich, and Analeigh Tipton. Through the power of love, they discover that zombies can reclaim their humanity.
‘Warm Bodies’ was nominated for a Saturn Award and five Teen Choice Awards, of which Hoult won for Choice Movie Breakout. Hoult’s next movie, ‘Jack the Giant Slayer’ was meant to be a huge franchise, that would catapult him into leading man status, but it flopped. But he has still enjoyed a solid career, as Hank McCoy/ The Beast in the ‘X-Men’ franchise, and with roles in ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’, and in the anticipated biopic ‘Tolkien’.
Check back for any updates on ‘Warm Bodies’ as they develop.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter