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Warm Bodies gets 2012 release date

Zombie love story Warm Bodies has been given an official release date and will hit screens 10 August 2012.

The film stars Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, John Malkovich and Lizzy Caplan and is directed by Jonathan Levine ( All The Boys Love Mandy Lane , The Wackness ).

Here's the full, spoilerific blurb from Isaac Marion's book, which the project is based on:

“R is a young man with an existential crisis - he is a zombie. He shuffles through an America destroyed by war, social collapse, and the mindless hunger of his undead comrades, but he craves something more than blood and brains. He can speak just a few grunted syllables, but his inner life is deep, full of wonder and longing. He has no memories, noidentity, and no pulse, but he has dreams. After experiencing a teenage boy's memories while consuming his brain, R makes an unexpected choice that begins a tense, awkward, and stragely sweet relationship with the victim's human girlfriend. Julie is a blast of color in the otherwise dreary and gray landscape that surrounds R. His decision to protect her will transform not only R, but his fellow Dead, and perhaps their whole lifeless world. Scary, funny, and surprisingly poignant, Warm Bodies is about being alive, being dead, and the blurry line in between.”

While it all sounds a bit Twilight , having dipped into the book this is a fresh take on zombie films.

Given their continued popularity (“Choke on 'em!”) that can only be a good thing.