Warm Bodies author focuses on TV series adaptation plans

Author Isaac Marion’s Warm bodies was adapted into a successful 2013 film, which paved the way for the 2019 announcement that the concept was being adapted into a TV series. Marion recently confirmed that whatever the plans for that adaptation were on seemingly indefinite hiatus, but also admits he’s only minimally involved in those discussions, so he can’t give a definitive answer on whether that project will go ahead. He also confirmed that the TV series has acquired the rights to all four books in the series Warm bodies because it’s only the first entry, so there are a number of storytelling avenues that the potential series could explore.

“There was a time when it seemed certain, contracts were drawn up, etc., but for some reason it keeps sliding around,” Marion revealed to SYFY WIRE. “Talks about a movie sequel turned into a TV series, which was actually announced as ‘in development’ a few years ago, only to mysteriously go silent. I’m only indirectly involved at this point, so I don’t really know what goes on behind the scenes. It’s all a big tease to me. But they’ve chosen all four books for TV, so it’s still possible. For me, Warm bodies is just the opening act of the story – it’s actually 18 percent of the total word count – so it would be a dream to see the rest on screen someday.

The original film has 81% positive reviews on the aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes and grossed $117 million worldwide, making it a relatively successful hit. With TV series like The living Dead and, more recently, The last of us becoming hits with audiences, it seems like a good time to delve further into the zombie world on the small screen, but whatever the status of the series, it sounds like audiences shouldn’t be expecting anything anytime soon.

Marion’s website describes the original book, “His name begins with ‘R.’ That’s all he remembers But what’s in a name when you’re a walking corpse waiting to decompose ‘R’ wanders the ruins of post-apocalyptic America with no idea who he is, how he got here or why he has to eat people. He just follows the mob: a mad mob that has spread all over the world and reduced civilization to ruins. And then he meets Julie. This fiery young survivor is an explosion of color in R’s gray landscape, and he begins to remember the humanity he’s lost, but their improbable romance turns into something much bigger, leading to a revolution that awakens the dead — and other dark forces. Warm bodies is a dead man’s search for life. It is a young woman’s struggle for a better world. It is hope that refuses to die.”

Stay tuned for possible updates on the Warm bodies TV serials.

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