Young Adult fiction isn’t just a literary subgenre, it’s a cultural phenomenon. Since Twilight changed the moviemaking landscape, Hollywood has been hungry to get in on the action, trying to bring countless best-sellers to the screen in search of box office glory.
But while the stars of the upcoming zombie-themed romance Warm Bodies would love to see their film become the next big thing in teen entertainment, they also insist that they’re not trying to ride any of their successful predecessors’ coattails.
Teresa Palmer, who plays reluctant “girlfriend” to zombie R (Nicholas Hoult) who’s regaining his humanity via his interest in her, said, “We are embracing comparisons to these big franchises like Twilight and Hunger Games – because they’re hugely successful! But I think Warm Bodies does stand alone.”
“I’m really excited and it’s overwhelming, and at the same time I’m trying not to have huge expectations.”
Co-star Dave Franco explained that the film will certainly appeal to fans of those series, but it should also capture the interest of moviegoers outside their target demographic.
“I don’t think anyone expects anything else to have the success of something like Twilight,” he confessed. “If it does, that’s amazing, but I think what sets it apart is that it will take that audience, but then it takes a whole separate demographic that would never go to a Twilight movie.”
“This feels like it’s definitely going more towards guys and girls rather than just young girls in the sense that it feels more like a coming of age story.”
Watch the video above for more details from Palmer and Franco, as well as comments from co-stars Analeigh Tipton and Rob Corddry. And then let us know – how eager are you to see the film? Is it your next big fantasy-romance obsession? Discuss it in the comments below!
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