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WARM BODIES (2013)PRODUCTION NOTESWARM BODIESProduction NotesRelease Date: February 1, 2013Studio: Summit EntertainmentDirector: Jonathan LevineScreenwriter: Jonathan LevineStarring: Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, Rob Corddry, John Malkovich, Analeigh Tipton, Dave Franco, CoryHardrictGenre: Horror, RomanceMPAA Rating: PG-13 (for zombie violence and some language)Official Website: WarmBodiesmovie.com | Facebook | TwitterSTUDIO SYNOPSIS: A funny new twist on a classic love story, "Warm Bodies" is a poignant tale about thepower of human connection. After a zombie epidemic, R (a highly unusual zombie) encounters Julie (a humansurvivor), and rescues her from a zombie attack. Julie sees that R is different from the other zombies,and as the two form a special relationship in their struggle for survival, R becomes increasingly more human– setting off an exciting, romantic, and often comical chain of events that begins to transform the otherzombies and maybe even the whole lifeless world.© 2013 Summit Entertainment1


WARM BODIES (2013)PRODUCTION NOTESSynopsisAn unlikely romance between a beautiful human teen and a sensitive undead slacker sets off a chainof events with the power to transform the world in Warm Bodies, the hilarious and heartwarmingzombie action rom-com based on the popular novel by Isaac Marion.It's a familiar scenario—a mysterious virus has devastated civilization, turning its victims into flesheatingmonsters without memories of their past lives. What is left of humanity is holed up in heavilyfortified bunkers where they live in fear of their former loved ones. But all that changes when a ravenouszombie hunting party crosses paths with a human reconnaissance crew scavenging supplies.R (Nicholas Hoult), a soulful zombie, is so captivated by the lovely and living Julie (Teresa Palmer)that, instead of eating her brains, he saves her from being consumed by his companions.Taking her back to the zombie-ridden airport he calls home, R hides Julie in an abandoned 747filled with treasures he has collected during his hunting expeditions—vinyl records, snow globes,musical instruments and other lost relics of a saner time. Over the next few days in their surprisinglycozy hideaway, the feisty Julie awakens long-forgotten feelings in R, while she begins to realizethere is more to him than a vacant stare and a slow-motion shuffle.Confused by her feelings, Julie returns to her walled-off city where her father (John Malkovich), aruthless zombie hunter, leads a well-armed security force. Meanwhile, the lovelorn R has begun tochange in ways he never thought possible and believes his connection with Julie could be the salvationof the human race. But when he shows up at her doorstep, it sparks an all-out war between theliving and the undead that threatens to derail the couple's chance of a future together. A fresh twiston a classic love story, Warm Bodies offers a surprisingly romantic look at the lighter side of thezombie apocalypse—and reminds us what it means to be human.© 2013 Summit Entertainment2


WARM BODIES (2013)PRODUCTION NOTESthe other zombies in the airport, even though they've got nothing to really say to him and can't evensay their names. He wants to connect with Julie and to feel alive. That's one of the most human instinctsever—to want to feel a part of something and to connect with another human."One of the challenges of the role was the fact that, at least initially, R cannot speak in words—acondition that gradually changes as the story progresses."A lot of the time I had to communicate just through movement, my eyes, the things I do, or therecords R plays for Julie," Hoult says. "The idea of not being able to say what you're thinking wassomething that was exciting for me. It makes you think in a slightly different way than you normallywould."For the role of R's human love interest, Julie Grigio, the filmmakers chose Australian-born TeresaPalmer (I Am Number Four) from a shortlist of five actresses who made it through to read withHoult."There's something about Australian actresses, a confidence and strength," says Papandrea, who isan Aussie herself. "It's a very hands-on approach over there, a little different from America. It's difficultto find a girl who is young, very beautiful and has vulnerability, but also is such a fireball."Those qualities perfectly equipped Palmer to play the role of Julie."She's a warrior," Palmer says of her character. "She's strong and has an amazing energy. She'sbubbly; she's got a big spirit and a good heart. Things have really been dimmed for her since hermother was killed by one of the zombies. She's unhappy. Then she meets R. He breathes life backinto her. They fall for each other and she's reminded of what life can be like and starts to hopeagain, which is a really beautiful thing. "But it wasn't love at first sight for Julie and R, who meet under the most violent of circumstances.When R saves Julie from the other zombies and takes her back to his lair in an old airplane at theabandoned airport, Julie figures he's just storing her as a snack for later. But she begins to softenwhen R starts to look after her by bringing her blankets and food. And so the seeds of their unlikelyromance are sown.Although Marion insists the film is not "Romeo and Juliet" with zombies, he admits that the Shakespeareclassic informs some of the film's subtext. There's even a balcony scene and—in what issurely a first in the genre—a romantic kiss between the zombie R and his human object of desire,Julie.Levine admits the balcony scene is a nod to "Romeo and Juliet" and says it was fun to shoot—eventhough he had doubts about it: "It was a scene I wasn't always sure about, to be honest, because itkind of comes at this point in the script when we're transitioning from the first to the second half ofthe movie, which is a little broader. It was always a tonal shift that concerned me. But I watch itnow and I'm really happy with it."For the role of General Grigio, Julie's cold, dogmatic father and the leader of the human survivors,the filmmakers were thrilled to land landed John Malkovich (Dangerous Liaisons, Being JohnMalkovich). "It's a smaller role in the context of the other roles in the movie but it's incredibly important,"says Papandrea. "We really needed someone who immediately came on the scene and hadgravitas. I honestly could not imagine else who could play that role."© 2013 Summit Entertainment5


WARM BODIES (2013)PRODUCTION NOTESFor his part, Malkovich says he was attracted by the film's storytelling. "I especially liked the twomain characters and the way the story unfolds. In the writing of the screenplay based on the novel,there's still quite a novelistic approach that I liked."Although the actor shared something of a father-daughter dynamic with Palmer off-camera,Malkovich says the General and Julie are in intense opposition on screen. "He ups the pressure onJulie and what she's feeling and thinking, because her father is in charge of exterminating the groupwhich her love object happens to belong to."But even General Grigio evolves eventually. "That's really in the very last frames of the film," Levineexplains. "It's a sudden conversion, based on something he sees that he's never seen before."The filmmakers turned to "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" alumnus Rob Corddry (Hot Tub TimeMachine) to play the character of R's best friend, M, which Levine describes as one of the film'smost critical roles. "M, in many ways, is the heart of the movie," Levine says. "R's change sparkseverything, but M's change is representative of everyone else."For Corddry, who also read Marion's novel, the role of M was much more interesting than the average"best friend" role. "Those guys are usually just straight plot devices," Corddry says. "I actuallyget to change. I might be the only best friend in movie history that has his own trajectory."Ironically it was the simplicity of the role that gave Corddry the most angst initially. The actor likesto do a lot of preparation around his character's back story to stave off anxiety. "If I feel like I havea lot of subtext, I'm not going to be worried when I'm shooting," Corddry says. "But I couldn't dothat this time. I had to be prepared in the moment. This movie was an exercise for me in really beingpresent every time the cameras rolled."Palmer says Corddry's character, while lovable and hilarious, has some pretty complex aspects."He's the most sexual of the zombies that we meet," she says. "He wants to eat humans and hedoesn't understand what's going on with him. He can't quite wrap his head around the idea that Rhas taken this human girl hostage and is now falling in love with her. He finds it bizarre andstrange, but he loves R so he goes along with it. There's also a hint of jealousy in there too, at onepoint."Dave Franco (21 Jump Street, Superbad) plays the role of Perry, Julie's high school sweetheart whobecomes R's lunch early in the movie. Papandrea says that in many ways the actor was the greatestdiscovery of the movie."He's just starting to break out," she says of Franco, who is the younger brother of actor JamesFranco (127 Hours, Spider-Man). "He just lights up the screen and he's a joy to be around. He's avery inquisitive actor and person. I think that really comes across in the character of Perry.""He has to make a very big impact in a very short time and he really does it," adds Levine. "He's socharming and likeable, and so talented, that he sticks with you throughout the movie."Perry starts off as a naive young man who is madly in love with Julie, but then becomes obsessedwith killing zombies after he witnesses them killing his father. Although Perry doesn't last long, hismemories of doomed love affair with Julie—experienced second-hand by R—form a crucialthrough-line of the film.© 2013 Summit Entertainment6


WARM BODIES (2013)PRODUCTION NOTES"I actually get killed off within the first 10 minutes of the movie and the rest of my story plays outin flashbacks," Franco explains. "It affects R's relationship with Julie. From the start, we're desperatelyin love with each other and going through all this together. By the end Perry completely losessight of that because he's so single minded, and their relationship starts to disintegrate."Franco speculates that Julie may be drawn to R because she sees some of Perry in him. "I feel likehe reminds her of how Perry was when they first met—this very innocent, sweet relationship," hesays.Finally, for the role of Julie's best friend, Nora, the filmmakers cast Analeigh Tipton (Crazy, Stupid,Love; The Green Hornet)—a casting decision that had producer Todd Lieberman's full support."Analeigh blew me away in Crazy, Stupid, Love," he says. "She was a stand out in that movie. Findingan accomplished comedic actress in that age range is difficult. Analeigh came in and read forthe part and nailed it."For her part, the actress says her character is "a bag of fun" who combines wit with a talent for killingzombies. She also provides something of a pragmatic foil for Julie's romantic tendencies."When Nora discovers Julie has fallen for a zombie, she freaks out," Tipton says. "Like any goodfriend would be, she's concerned that her best friend is falling in love with someone that could eather brains. But she comes around because she trusts Julie."Tipton says Nora's worldly ways may be a form of self-preservation at times. "She approaches situationswith dry humor instead of really dealing with them—or her feelings," the actress says. "Shetries to make everything no big deal. She's so strong and doesn't give a damn. That's fun, to be reallyout there, especially for a female character."With the cast assembled, the filmmakers had to secure three main locations to shoot the film: theabandoned airport where R and the other zombies live; the walled-off Green Zone, where the General'shome is; and the Dead Zone outside the wall.Finding a location with an abandoned airport seemed like a tall order, but with the help of Summit'shead of physical production, Andi Isaacs, the filmmakers were able to get everything on their wishlist in one city: Montreal.Papandrea says the team could barely believe their good fortune in gaining access to an entire abandonedairport, which was called Mirabel. "Collectively, none of us had ever seen a location thatgave this much value. It so perfectly fit the film we were making. It also has a very eerie, abandonedquality, which is great for the genre."There were some shooting restrictions, in that while Mirabel is no longer a commuter airport, it isstill used by cargo planes. But aside from that, it was virtually abandoned roughly a half-dozenyears ago—just as the fictional airport was in the film.As to what they should call the airport, the filmmakers at one point decided on Barack Obama InternationalAirport, and even began the process of clearing the name with the White House. But onsecond thoughts, they decided that name was too obvious and instead chose to call it Isaac MarionInternational Airport—"after our brilliant novelist," Levine says.© 2013 Summit Entertainment7


WARM BODIES (2013)PRODUCTION NOTESThe other two main locations were the Green Zone and the Dead Zone, which are separated by animmense wall built by General Grigio to keep zombies out of the humans' space. Levine creditsproduction designer Martin Whist (Super 8, Cloverfield) with creating these two worlds in a waythat made the film look like it had twice the budget that it did."The transition at the wall is strong," says Whist. "Once we're in the Green Zone, which was locatedin Old Montreal, things are cleaner and we have evidence of society trying to sustain itself. Insidethe Green Zone it's a quasi-military state; they're survivalists."There were also livestock in the Green Zone in the form of cows and goats—something that becamequite a curiosity for the locals."These are the things and research that you have to do when you are creating a post-apocalyptic story,"explains executive producer Nicolas Stern. "How do these people survive? Where do they gettheir food, power and water? These are the things that Jonathan and the production designer thoughtabout for months and months."Other key locations inside the Green Zone were the beautifully ornate Mount Stephen Club indowntown Montreal, some distance from Old Montreal, which stands in for General Grigio's home;and a church that was actually an old monastery building located outside Montreal in the LaurentianMountains."It's an incredible location and was picked for the sheer architecture of the space," explains Stern."In this movie, we use a lot of big, wide-open spaces. We put small groups of people in them to reallylet you feel that there's not that many people left in our world."For parts of the shoot, the filmmakers had to ask for whole sections of Montreal to be shut down—areas around the Old Port, in Old Montreal and in the financial district. "We're talking long blocks,big vistas and cross sections of the community," says Stern. "They were very helpful in doing that."For the Dead Zone, the dangerous area outside the wall where zombies roam free, Whist and hiscrew brought in plants and dirt to cover the ground, using them to visually show the passage of timeas nature reclaimed the remains of civilization. But there are also signs of the civil unrest that eruptedduring the plague that destroyed civilization—specifically, socially conscious graffiti. Spraypainting the walls of the heritage buildings that line the historic streets of Old Montreal was obviouslynot an option, so Whist and his crew coated the walls in a clear plastic material that huggedthe contours of the stone when heated. "We then painted or printed our graffiti on it so it looks likethe graffiti is on the stone," explains Whist.The team recruited graffiti artists from L.A. and Montreal to create this aspect of the postapocalypticworld, and even approached renowned graphic designer Shepard Fairey about copyingthe style of one of his most famous works, "Andre the Giant Has a Posse." Fairey obliged, and theteam appropriated the image, replacing Andre the Giant with a Boney and the word "obey" with"pray.""To be able to use something that's iconic, particularly in the world of street art, is fantastic," saysWhist. "It legitimizes and grounds our work in the real world. We created a whole library of streetart and graffiti that I've been using from location to location."As for the wall itself, VFX supervisor Dan Schrecker (Limitless, Requiem for a Dream) and his© 2013 Summit Entertainment8


WARM BODIES (2013)PRODUCTION NOTEScrew used CG to make it longer and higher than was physically possible to build.Levine credits director of photography Javier Aguirresarobe, ASC (Vicky Cristina Barcelona, TheRoad, The Others) with helping to make WARM BODIES a visually stunning movie."Javier is a brilliant visual artist," says the director. "The other great thing about Javier is that he hasa lot of soul and heart and he connects to the soul and heart of the movie."Aguirresarobe even managed to make the brain-eating scenes visually appealing. "That's a slightlyviolent moment in the film, where R is cracking Perry's head open, but it's shot very beautifully,"says Hoult. "The way Javier framed and lit everything, it just looks fantastic—even the more gruesomeaspects, there's still something very cinematic about them."Adding a surreal texture to the film are the numerous flashbacks R experiences as he eats the piecesof Perry's brain he has hidden in his pocket."We're often seeing things from Perry's point of view or from behind Perry," says second-unit directorStephen Woolfenden (Harry Potter), who shot some of the flashback footage, often adhering tovery specific pointers in Levine's script about shooting into the sun in order to create flares for anabstract effect."We've tried to get as many lens flares as we could in this one," Levine says. "I like the idea of kindof distorting the image. That's something that lens flares can do beautifully."As part of the film's visual palette, Aguirresarobe created a very specific look for scenes shot atnight. "Our night look is fantastic," says Levine. "He's created a wonderful palette for it—a littleblue, a little green. It's very pretty. I love the flickering fluorescence of the airport, the darkness ofthe subway and the stadium, and all these giant abandoned locations that are lit in these very expressionisticways that make sense because of the kind of world we're in."Of course, a monster movie is only as good as its monsters. Warm Bodies' most menacing creatures,the Boneys, were created using CG and stunt performers in motion-capture suits. Levine saysusing CG gave him a freedom he hadn't experienced before."The great thing about CG is, not only can you create these characters, but you can do things stylisticallythat I feel like some people aren't taking advantage of remotely enough. When we go into R'sdreams, for example, we do surreal transitions. At the very beginning of the movie, about the first10 minutes, there's a lot of really interesting, stylish CG that is used to tell the story in a way thatpeople haven't seen before. I've never had it as a tool in my arsenal before. It allows for the editorialprocess to be as creative as the production process."In creating the zombies, Levine says the team avoided an extremely gory look, drawing on thingslike Depression-era photos and images of coal miners instead of traditional zombie-movie referencesfor inspiration."We wanted to make a movie that appealed to all ages, so we couldn't necessarily get involved insome of the fun stuff that other zombie movies do," Levine says, adding that the process of designingthe looks of both the zombies and the Boneys was a lengthy one that started early in preproduction."We had people doing sketches, artists taking a picture of Nick Hoult from "Skins" orX-Men, and tweaking and playing with it," Levine says. "It would be back and forth internally, and© 2013 Summit Entertainment9


WARM BODIES (2013)PRODUCTION NOTESthen we would take it to the studio and do makeup tests."It was just one of numerous challenges the filmmakers had to overcome in the course of the production—notthe least of them being the inclement Canadian weather. With shooting continuing wellinto November, some of the WARM BODIES actors ended up with decidedly cold bodies, particularlyfor scenes that were outdoors or in the unheated airport terminal. Palmer recalls one scenewhere some actors were driving a luggage cart."It was about zero degrees, we all had heat packs and were wearing a thousand layers," the actressrecalls. "Just before we shot, I asked Jonathan Levine, 'What's the temperature actually supposed tobe in the film?' He's like, 'It's a balmy night. It's warm.' How were we going to pretend that? It wasso cold that I couldn't even get some of my words out."Even more extreme was the climactic fountain scene with Hoult and Palmer. The water started offhot but had turned freezing cold by the end of the day. "It's such an imperative scene in the movieand there we are absolutely freezing cold," Palmer recalls. "Our teeth were chattering, but it wasreally fun."And then there were the challenges stemming from the sheer physicality of the film's fight scenes,which Palmer says she was not prepared for."When I first read the script, I was focused on the emotional depth of the film and the heavy dialoguescenes," the actress says. "The second day that I was running around, because I hadn'tstretched, I was like someone with arthritis. I realized that I was just super unfit—it was quite embarrassing."Fortunately, it was Palmer's second action film so she wasn't a complete rookie, and had a goodstunt crew to work with. "We didn't really get a ton of time to rehearse specific moves," Palmersays. "I would arrive on set and then have 20 minutes with the stunt team so they could quicklyshow me what to do. Thank God I had a little bit of martial arts training on my last film."Gun training was also part of the job for several of the actors. "The first day I got to set, they hadme and Dave Franco go to the gun range," Tipton recalls. "We learned how to shoot every type ofgun under the sun. It was terrifying, because I'm terrified of loud sounds, but it was also very freeing."Franco says his favorite scene is the one in the pharmacy where his character, Perry, meets his demise.He, however, is not in it. "My double was standing in for me and he gets pulled off the table,"says Franco. "He takes this brutal hit. So my favorite moment is someone else playing me in themovie!"A major challenge for the makeup department was creating the right look for the zombies, whichare referred to as corpses in the film. This was especially true for the character of R, who needed tobe a somewhat sexy, good-looking zombie. Levine was keen to achieve these effects without prosthetics,using only makeup, and turned to head of makeup special effects Adrian Morot for the task.Morot says R had to be somewhat attractive in order for it to be feasible that Julie would fall in lovewith him. "You can't have teeth showing or a piece of flesh or ribcage; that's really gross and a differentkind of movie. The way I thought of him is that he needs to look a little like an undead JamesDean."© 2013 Summit Entertainment10


WARM BODIES (2013)PRODUCTION NOTESMorot says four distinct stages in R's transformation from zombie back to human were designed,with the first stage being the palest and most zombie-like. For that stage, Hoult had to wear contactlenses of a desaturated blue hue to give him a dead look. His skin was mottled and covered with anetwork of dark veins that were applied daily using tattoo transfers. He also had oozing zombie puscoming down his ears and the corner of his mouth."You still want to keep it sexy, so you don't want to overdo it with the pus and gore," Morot says.For most of the movie, as R evolves back toward his human self, he is in stage two, which is characterizedby less pronounced veins and a healthy pink tone to his skin. In stage three, which is evencloser to human, R just looks a little sickly. And stage four is what we see at the very end of thefilm when R's transformation is complete."The scars have magically retracted into the skin and he has a nice complexion," says Morot. "He'sa good-looking guy now, ready for action and love."The greatest challenge from a VFX perspective was the epic battle scene at the end of the film, inwhich the Boneys and corpses have their final showdown. It presented the obvious challenge for thehuman actors playing the corpses to believably interact with imaginary CG characters that were notyet there.Also technically challenging was the preceding sequence in which the Boneys show up at the stadiumand appear on the glass rotunda above the corpses. The corpses look up to see the silhouettes ofthe Boneys on top, smashing and eventually breaking the glass before dropping down onto thecorpses for the grand finale. Schrecker says that in addition to making sure the lighting matched,unanticipated details arose, such as when M throws a Boney across the floor towards the soldiers."There's lots of broken glass on the floor, and as that Boney moves across the floor, that glass is goingto have to displace," Schrecker explains. "We took a grey pillow and threw it across the floor,and that gave us the real glass sliding out of the way so that, when we put our CG Boney in, wecould just follow the path of the pillow and the glass would slide out of the way like that."A less dramatic, but equally vexing, challenge was how the zombies could communicate in an interestingway but still stay true to zombie lore. Levine points out that this is not generally an issuein the genre, but it was in WARM BODIES because much of the film is from the zombies' point ofview. This was especially true for the characters of R and M, whose friendship required them tocommunicate."They're able to have conversations based on short, one-word things and to interpret each other'sgroans," Levine says, adding that this led to a lot of on-set laughs. "We were shooting this scene atthe very beginning of the movie and it's basically just two guys groaning at each other. The guyskept cracking up. By the time we got to take five, they were literally groaning and having conversationswith each other."As Hoult recalls it, "There were moments where we'd both zone out in each other's eyes. It was justvery weird stuff."Corddry took a scientific approach to speaking zombie. "I went about it as if I was playing a braininjuredpatient," says the actor, whose wife is a speech therapist. "We talked about how brain-© 2013 Summit Entertainment11


WARM BODIES (2013)PRODUCTION NOTESinjured patients can sometimes see the word in their head, but they don't know what it is or what itmeans, and it's hard to get it out. So, even when I'm grunting, I'm trying to make a word."R's thoughts are revealed via voiceover, which makes it clear to the audience what he's trying tocommunicate with his groans. "Sometimes the script supervisor read out the voiceover on set so Icould hear what the character was meant to be thinking during the scene," says Hoult. "It helps withthe timing of the scene to make everything link together."Another R's thoughts and feelings are expressed is through music. Levine, who worked closely withmusic supervisor Alexandra Patsavas ("Grey's Anatomy," Twilight), says R's use of records tocommunicate with Julie was a clever feature of Marion's novel that helped draw him to the project."Music really does help set tone," Levine says. "It's another way to have a shorthand with the audience.Music is, in a big way, how I access the world in a movie and the characters. It's really nicethat it was already written into the story."The cast and crew of Warm Bodies believe the film has pretty broad appeal—and not just becauseof its novel premise and quirky humor. "The character of R is written quite well, quite uniquely, andhis journey is a unique one," Malkovich says. "You know what percentage of teenagers feel alienated?How many of them feel cut off, excluded and not human? It's a pretty big percentage. This filmis a little bit of an exploration of that, rather than just a gory film."WARM BODIES might even be something of a game-changer in the zombie genre, says Morot."There's definitely something for everybody, even for zombie purists such as myself. It's the kind ofzombie movie that a guy can actually take his girlfriend to. The guys get the Boneys and cool zombieaction, and the girls get the sensitive, handsome zombie guy."Although Levine is aware that some horror purists might disapprove of the way the film plays withzombie-movie conventions, he hopes they will approach the film with an open mind. "I have a greatknowledge and love of films like 28 Days Later, Shaun of the Dead, Day of the Dead and Return ofthe Living Dead. But one of the great things about making movies is you can use genre and mythologyto tell different kinds of stories."© 2013 Summit Entertainment12


WARM BODIES (2013)PRODUCTION NOTESAbout the CastNICHOLAS HOULT (R) has quickly established himself as a versatile, talented young actor inboth film and television. He received a BAFTA nomination in 2010 for the Rising Star Award,which recognizes five international actors and actresses who have demonstrated exceptional talentand captured the public imagination as a star in the making.Hoult recently completed Bryan Singer's Jack the Giant Slayer, in which he stars as the title characterin a re-imagined, modern-day fairy tale loosely based on "Jack and the Beanstalk." The film,which also stars Ewan McGregor, Ian McShane and Stanley Tucci, is scheduled for release byWarner Bros. on March 1, 2013.Additionally Hoult co-stars as Nux in the forthcoming Mad Max: Fury Road, a fourth installment inwriter-director George Miller's classic Mad Max franchise. The film, which stars Tom Hardy andCharlize Theron, will be set soon after the story told in 1985's Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome.Most recently Hoult starred in X-Men: First Class as Hank McCoy, who becomes the heroic mutantBeast. The illustrious cast included James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Kevin Bacon. In 2010Hoult appeared as Eusebios in the blockbuster hit Clash of the Titans, alongside Liam Neeson,Ralph Fiennes and Sam Worthington.Hoult received critical acclaim for his riveting performance in Tom Ford's A Single Man (2009).Based on Christopher Isherwood's 1964 novel of the same name, the film earned Colin Firth an Oscar(R)nomination for Best Actor.Hoult's breakout role came at the age of 12 in Chris and Paul Weitz's About a Boy (2002), oppositeHugh Grant. Based on Nick Hornby's bestselling novel, the film tells the story of a cynical, immatureyoung man, Will (Grant), who is taught how to act like a grown-up by a little boy named Marcus(Hoult).Other film credits include The Weather Man, Kidulthood, Wah-Wah and Intimate Relations.In 2007-2008 Hoult starred in the U.K.'s BAFTA Award-winning teen drama "Skins." This E4 seriesfollows a group of teenagers in Bristol, England, throughout their last two pre-college years.Hoult has played guest-starring roles in BBC series such as "Judge John Deed," "Waking the Dead,""Doctors," "Holby City," "Magic Grandad," "Silent Witness" and "Casualty."Other U.K. television credits include "Wallander" with Kenneth Branagh, "Coming Down theMountain," "Keen Eddie," "Star," "Murder in Mind," "World of Pub," "The Bill," "Ruth RendellMysteries" and "Mr. White Goes to Westminster."Hoult currently resides in London.TERESA PALMER (Julie) who was named in 2005 as one of Australia's 'Stars of Tomorrow' byScreen International, first caught the attention of audiences worldwide with her leading role in,2:37, an Australian independent film that screened to acclaim at both the Cannes Film Festival in'Un Certain Regard' and the Toronto Film Festival. The Australian Film Institute nominated Palmeras Best Actress for her complex portrayal of a high school student with a dark secret.© 2013 Summit Entertainment13


WARM BODIES (2013)PRODUCTION NOTESPalmer will next be seen in the 1960s period drama Love and Honor opposite Liam Hemsworth.She was recently seen in the Australian thriller Wish You Were Here starring alongside Joel Edgerton.Additionally, she recently wrapped production on Terence Malick's Knight of Cups starringalongside Christian Bale as well as Parts Per Billion starring alongside Josh Hartnett and RosarioDawson.She also starred in Michael Bay and Steven Spielberg's I Am Number Four alongside Dianna Agronand Alex Pettyfer; Relativity Media's 80's coming-of-age comedy Take Me Home Tonight oppositeTopher Grace and Anna Faris; Jon Turteltaub's The Sorcerer's Apprentice for Jerry BruckheimerFilms and Walt Disney Pictures opposite Nicolas Cage and in Adam Shankman's comedy BedtimeStories opposite Adam Sandler. Her additional film credits December Boys starring opposite DanielRadcliffe and Restraint opposite Stephen Moyer.Palmer was awarded the 2011 Australians in Film Breakthrough Award, commending the level ofsuccess she has already garnered in her young career. Beyond her acting pursuits, she has also seguedinto working behind the camera as a director, writer and producer developing both featuresand documentaries. She also started a health and wellness blog called YOURZENLIFE.com withher friend, actress Phoebe Tonkin. Palmer was born in Adelaide, Australia and currently resides inLos Angeles, California.ROB CORDDRY (M) made his debut on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" in the spring of 2002and quickly became one of the most popular correspondents to emerge from the groundbreakingtalk show. He continued to "educate" audiences with his snarky political sketches through the fall of2006, and has reprised his role in guest appearances scattered through the years since.He moved to Los Angeles following his run on "The Daily Show" and in 2007 Corddry starred inthe Fox sitcom "The Winner" created by "Family Guy" writers/producers Seth MacFarlane andRicky Blitt. Joining the throngs of many other critically acclaimed shows, "The Winner" lasted onlya half-dozen episodes before it was taken off the air.In a serendipitous turn of events brought about by the need for out-of-the-box thinking to continuework during the infamous 2007-2008 writers' strike, Corddry was one of the first to create original"television-esque" programming for the Internet and captured the attention of Warner Bros. TV earlyon. The web-series "Childrens Hospital," spoofing the hijinks of medical drama genre such as"Grey's Anatomy" and "E.R.," launched in December 2008. The 5-minute "webisodes" starredCorddry (also the creator, writer, and oft-times director), "SNL"'s Jason Sudeikis, Lake Bell, MeganMullally, and Ed Helms (among others). The series won the Webby Award for "Comedy: LongForm or Series" and received two other nominations: "Best Individual Performance" (Corddry) and"Comedy: Individual Short or Episode."The second season of "Childrens Hospital" debuted on Adult Swim a year later, making it one ofthe first shows ever to make the successful transition from a web-series to a television series. Despitethe unspoken network rivalry, "Childrens Hospital" won the award for "Best Sketch Comedy/AlternativeComedy" at the first ever Comedy Central-hosted Comedy Awards. "Childrens Hospital"received its first Emmy® nomination and beat programming from "30 Rock," Lisa Kudrow("Web Therapy") and his alma mater "The Daily Show" to win its first Emmy® Award in the newcategory of Short-Format Live-Action.Appealing to acclaimed actors across the board, the cast of the latest seasons also boasts the talents© 2013 Summit Entertainment14


WARM BODIES (2013)PRODUCTION NOTESof Malin Akerman, Nick Offerman, "Mad Men"'s Jon Hamm, television legend Henry Winkler,Rob Huebel, Ken Marino, "The League"'s Nick Kroll and Paul Scheer, Kate Walsh, and many others.Season Five will debut in the summer of 2013.In what have perhaps become some of his busiest years to date, in addition to his ubiquitous workon "Childrens Hospital" Corddry is also starring in and shooting numerous feature films. In June hestarred alongside Steve Carell and Keira Knightley in Focus Features' Seeking a Friend for the Endof the World. In September starred in the dark comedy Butter opposite Jennifer Garner and HughJackman for The Weinstein Company.The Sundance Film Festival of 2013 will feature three films in which Corddry stars, making himone of the few actors in history of the festival to have as many starring roles in showcased films.Included in the festival are The Way Way Back for The Descendents scribes Nat Faxon and JimRashand; In a World, written, directed by and starring Lake Bell (along with Demetri Martin); andHell Baby, the horror comedy from "Reno 911" writers Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant.In April 2013, Corddry can be seen in Michael Bay's Pain and Gain with Mark Wahlberg. He alsovoiced a character for The Weinstein Company's first animated feature, Escape From Planet Earthplanned for release later in the year.In 2010 Corddry starred in the ensemble comedy feature Hot Tub Time Machine for MGM and directorSteve Pink. The story follows three grown men (Corddry, Craig Robinson, and John Cusack)as they visit the hot tub where they once partied, discover it is now a time machine, and travel backto their raunchy heyday in the mid-1980's. He also turned a cameo appearance in Cedar Rapidsalongside Ed Helms and John C. Reilly.Having been long-embraced by the film community, Corddry has appeared in dozens of comedyfeatures in addition to his television projects, notably Old School, Semi-Pro, The Heartbreak Kid,and Blades of Glory. He has also been featured in the buddy comedy What Happens in Vegas withAshton Kutcher and Cameron Diaz, Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, and in a moredramatic capacity as Ari Fleischer in Oliver Stone's chronicle on the life and presidency of GeorgeW. Bush, W. Corddry has appeared on television shows including "Community," "Curb Your Enthusiasm,"and "Arrested Development."Corddry currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife and two young daughters.Having burst onto the scene in 2008, DAVE FRANCO (Perry) is steadily positioning himself asone of Hollywood's most promising young talents. An avid writer, Franco began writing well beforehe became involved in acting. His comedic writing can be seen in his funnyordie.com videos. Hestarted making videos years ago with his brother for their series, 'Acting with James Franco'. Mostrecently 'You're so Hot' with Christopher Mintz-Plasse garnered over 1 million viewers, as did hisfollow-up video, 'Go F*ck Yourself'. Franco also starred with Emma Roberts in the MTV SuperVideo "Go Outside" by The Cults, which has been seen by more than 500,000 viewers online.December 2009 saw Franco on the new season of the ABC hit comedy series "Scrubs" as a seriesregular. Entering its ninth season, the show shifted its setting to a medical school where Franco'scharacter of young medical student "Cole" acted as an irritant to John C. McGinley's character "Dr.Cox". Past television credits include FOX's "Do Not Disturb", the hit ABC Family comedy "Greek"and most recently, "Privileged" on The CW.© 2013 Summit Entertainment15


WARM BODIES (2013)PRODUCTION NOTESFranco was seen in the Noah Baumbach film Greenberg which starred Ben Stiller and was releasedin March 2010 through Focus Features. Franco was also seen opposite Zac Efron in Charlie St.Cloud released in July 2010. Other films Franco has appeared in include Superbad, Gus Van Sant'sMilk, The Shortcut and Fright Night opposite Anton Yelchin and Christopher Mintz-Plasse. InMarch of 2012 Franco truly broke out in the highly successful 21 Jump Street with Jonah Hill,Channing Tatum, Ice Cube, a special cameo from Johnny Depp. The film made more than 200 milliondollars worldwide. Next up for Franco is action thriller Now You See Me, alongside a star studdedcast including Woody Harrelson and Morgan Freeman which will be released through SummitEntertainment.In addition to acting, Franco continues to pursue writing and has completed a number of scripts. Hecurrently resides in Los Angeles.ANALEIGH TIPTON (Nora) credits Warner Bros. Pictures' Crazy, Stupid, Love. (starring SteveCarell) as her first major film, released nationwide July 29, 2011. Her turn as babysitter Jessica hadcritics calling her "enchanting" and "a breakout star." The NY Times named her a Face to Watchand Peter Travers from Rolling Stone declared her performance a "Star-Is-Born turn from AnaleighTipton." She has recently finished filming a lead role in Two night Stand, opposite Miles Teller aswell as One Square Mile, with Kim Basinger and Richard Jenkins. Most recently she was seen inWhit Stillman's Damsels in Distress for Sony Pictures Classics, which premiered at the Venice FilmFestival opposite Adam Brody and Greta Gurwig. Tipton also appeared alongside Seth Rogen in theaction/adventure The Green Hornet. She was first seen as third-place winner on "America's NextTop Model" in cycle 11 and was seen in a multiple-episode arc on "Hung" for HBO, which aired inthe fall of 2011.Tipton is also an avid screenwriter Originally from Minnesota she was raised in Central Californiaand currently resides in Los Angeles.Although CORY HARDRICT (Kevin) dabbled in acting since his early teen years, he was originallyset to pursue his hoop dreams. However, after a serious knee injury prevented him from a basketballscholarship to top tier college, Hardrict made the decision that he would focus on his othernatural talent, acting.Born in Chicago, Illinois, Hardrict began his acting career when he landed a small role at an opencall for the Oprah Winfrey film, There Are No Children Here. Despite the small part in the film,Hardrict enjoyed the experience immensely and continued to pursue it locally. After having doneschool plays, print ads, commercials and TV movies primarily within the Chicago area, he found hewas ready for the big time in Los Angeles. So with a tearful promise to his mother that he wouldmake it to the top one day, he set off for Hollywood with only $75 in his pocket. Tragically, hismother passed away only a few weeks after.Hardrict's first break came when he landed a role on the cult favorite film, Never Been Kissed, starringDrew Barrymore. The initial success made him hungry for more, and since then he has landedover 40 guest star roles and 14 feature films. His television appearances include guest star and recurringroles on "Without A Trace", "CSI", "Cold Case", "ER" and "The Shield."Hardrict's film career continued to flourish as he went on to star in Gran Torino with Clint East-© 2013 Summit Entertainment16


WARM BODIES (2013)PRODUCTION NOTESwood. Soon after, he landed roles in, He's Just Not That Into You, with Justin Long, the indie filmThe Day, in which he had a lead role in an ensemble cast with Dominic Monaghan, and Battle: LosAngeles, with Aaron Eckhart and Michelle Rodriguez.Up next, Hardrict has the highly anticipated film Lovelace, starring Amanda Seyfried and JamesFranco, where he plays DJ Frankie.JOHN MALKOVICH (General Grigio) With a body of work spanning over twenty-five years,industry legend John Malkovich is one of the most compelling minds in entertainment. His celebratedperformances span every genre, and range from roles in thought-provoking independentfilms to those in big-budget franchises. In addition to being an accomplished actor, Malkovich isalso a director, producer, clothing designer, and artist.He recently produced Stephen Chbosky's The Perks of Being a Wallflower, alongside his partners atMr. Mudd, Lianne Halfon and Russell Smith. The film, which just premiered at the Toronto InternationalFilm Festival, is based on the critically acclaimed novel by the same name and stars LoganLerman and Emma Watson in a coming of age story about a teenage outsider coping with love, loss,friendship, and heartbreak.Malkovich was most recently seen in the third installment of the Transformers franchise, Transformers:Dark of the Moon, opposite Shia LaBeouf, for director Michael Bay.Additionally, Malkovich recently reprised his role as famed Austrian Jack Unterweger in The InfernalComedy: Confessions of a Serial Killer, a monologue interspersed with operatic arias. The productiontoured throughout Europe last summer, in addition to showing at the Brooklyn Academy ofMusic's 29th Annual Next Wave Festival last November.Malkovich's latest film roles include that of zany ex-CIA agent Marvin Boggs' in Summit Entertainment'sRed 2 opposite Bruce Willis, Mary-Louise Parker, and Helen Mirren; and famed racehorsetrainer Lucien Laurin' in Disney's Secretariat opposite Diane Lane. Malkovich was also recentlyseen in the Coen brothers' comedy Burn After Reading opposite Brad Pitt, George Clooney,Frances McDormand, and Tilda Swinton. He also re-teamed with Clint Eastwood in the criticallyacclaimed film The Changeling, alongside Angelina Jolie and Amy Ryan, produced by Ron Howardand Brian Grazer's Imagine Entertainment.Previous film acting credits include Sean McGinly's The Great Buck Howard, which had its premiereat the 2008 Sundance Film Festival; Robert Zemeckis' Beowulf opposite Angelina Jolie; RaoulRuiz's Klimt; Liliana Cavani's Ripley's Game; Spike Jonze's Being John Malkovich; Jane Campion'sThe Portrait of a Lady; Wolfgang Petersen's In The Line Of Fire; Gary Sinise's Of Mice and Men;Bernardo Bertolucci's The Sheltering Sky; Stephen Frears' Dangerous Liaisons; Steven Spielberg'sEmpire of the Sun; Paul Newman's The Glass Menagerie; Roland Joffe's The Killing Fields; andRobert Benton's Places in the Heart.Malkovich has twice been nominated for the Academy Award® for Best Supporting Actor, once forPlaces in the Heart (1985) and then again for In the Line of Fire (1994). His performance in Placesin the Heart also earned him the Best Supporting Actor Award from the National Society of FilmCritics and the National Board of Review. In 1999, he won New York Film Critics Circle Awardfor Best Supporting Actor for Being John Malkovich.© 2013 Summit Entertainment17


WARM BODIES (2013)PRODUCTION NOTESIn 1998, Malkovich joined Halfon and Smith to create the production company, Mr. Mudd, whosedebut film was the celebrated feature Ghost World, directed by Terry Zwigoff. Malkovich followedup in 2003 with his own feature directorial debut, The Dancer Upstairs, starring Academy Award®winner Javier Bardem. Other Mr. Mudd credits include The Libertine starring Johnny Depp andSamantha Morton and Art School Confidential, also directed by Zwigoff and written byScreenwritter/Cartoonist Dan Clowes. In 2008, Mr. Mudd landed its biggest box office and criticalsuccess with indie hit Juno, starring Ellen Page, Jennifer Garner and Jason Bateman. The film, distributedthrough Fox Searchlight, received an Academy Award® for Best Original Screenplay (DiabloCody) and three nominations for Best Motion Picture, Best Actress (Ellen Page) and Best Director(Jason Reitman). The film also won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Feature in 2008.Malkovich also served as Executive Producer on the documentary How to Draw a Bunny, a cinematicportrait of artist Ray Johnson, which won the Jury Prize at the 2002 Sundance Film Festivaland the Prix de Public at the famed Recontre Film Festival in Paris. The film was also nominatedfor an Independent Spirit Award for best documentary in 2003. Malkovich and the team at Mr.Mudd also executive produced the 2009 HBO documentary Which Way Home. Directed by RebeccaCamissa, the film shows the personal side of immigration through the eyes of several unaccompaniedchildren as they endeavor to make it to the United States. The film was nominated for severalawards, including a 2010 Academy Award® for Best Documentary Feature, the Independent SpiritAward for Best Documentary Film, and three Emmy® Awards for Cinematography, Editing, andResearch.Malkovich's mark in television includes his Emmy® Award winning performance in the telefilm"Death of a Salesman," directed by Volker Schlöndorff and co-starring Dustin Hoffman. This rolealso earned him a Golden Globe nomination. Malkovich received subsequent Golden Globe nominationsfor In the Line of Fire in 1994 in the category of Best Performance by an Actor in SupportingRole in a Motion Picture; and for Heart of Darkness in 1995 for Best Performance by an Actorin a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV. Other notable creditsinclude the miniseries Napoleon and the acclaimed HBO telefilm RKO 281, both of which garneredJohn separate Emmy® Award nominations for Outstanding Support Actor in a Miniseries or Movie.As a guiding member of Chicago's landmark Steppenwolf Theatre Company, John Malkovich, as aproducer, director and actor, has undoubtedly had a profound impact on the American theatre landscape.Between 1976 and 1982, John acted in, directed or designed sets for more than fifty SteppenwolfTheatre Company productions. His debut on the New York stage in the Steppenwolf productionof Sam Shepard's True West earned him an Obie Award. Other notable plays include Deathof a Salesman; Slip of the Tongue; Sam Shepard's State of Shock; and Landford Wilson's Burn Thisin New York, London and Los Angeles. Malkovich has directed numerous plays at Steppenwolf,including the celebrated Balm in Gilead in Chicago and Off-Broadway; The Caretaker in Chicagoand on Broadway; and Libra, which he adapted from Don LeLillo's novel. Malkovich's 2003 Frenchstage production of Hysteria was honored with five Moliere Award nominations including Best Director.In addition to his film directorial debut on The Dancer Upstairs, Malkovich has directedthree fashion shorts (Strap Hangings, Lady Behave, Hideous Man) for London designer BelleFreud. He recently received a Moliere Award as Best Director for his production of Zach Helm'sGood Canary in Paris.In addition to his many accolades in the world of the performing arts on stage, on the big and smallscreens, and behind the camera - Malkovich has also delved into the world of fashion design, as heis the creative force behind the menswear line, Technobohemian by John Malkovich.© 2013 Summit Entertainment18


WARM BODIES (2013)PRODUCTION NOTESMalkovich resides with his family in both the United States and France.Although CORY HARDRICT (Kevin) dabbled in acting since his early teen years, he was originallyset to pursue his hoop dreams. However, after a serious knee injury prevented him from a basketballscholarship to top tier college, Hardrict made the decision that he would focus on his othernatural talent, acting.Born in Chicago, Illinois, Hardrict began his acting career when he landed a small role at an opencall for the Oprah Winfrey film, There Are No Children Here. Despite the small part in the film,Hardrict enjoyed the experience immensely and continued to pursue it locally. After having doneschool plays, print ads, commercials and TV movies primarily within the Chicago area, he found hewas ready for the big time in Los Angeles. So with a tearful promise to his mother that he wouldmake it to the top one day, he set off for Hollywood with only $75 in his pocket. Tragically, hismother passed away only a few weeks after.Hardrict's first break came when he landed a role on the cult favorite film, Never Been Kissed, starringDrew Barrymore. The initial success made him hungry for more, and since then he has landedover 40 guest star roles and 14 feature films. His television appearances include guest star and recurringroles on "Without A Trace", "CSI", "Cold Case", "ER" and "The Shield."Hardrict's film career continued to flourish as he went on to star in Gran Torino with Clint Eastwood.Soon after, he landed roles in, He's Just Not That Into You, with Justin Long, the indie filmThe Day, in which he had a lead role in an ensemble cast with Dominic Monaghan, and Battle: LosAngeles, with Aaron Eckhart and Michelle Rodriguez.Up next, Hardrict has the highly anticipated film Lovelace, starring Amanda Seyfried and JamesFranco, where he plays DJ Frankie.© 2013 Summit Entertainment19


WARM BODIES (2013)PRODUCTION NOTESAbout the FilmmakersJONATHAN LEVINE (Director and Screenwriter) is a filmmaker on the rise in Hollywood.Most recently Levine directed 50/50, starring Joseph Gordon Levitt, Seth Rogen, Bryce DallasHoward and Anna Kendrick. The dramedy follows the story of Adam Lerner, played by Levitt, whoat age 25 is diagnosed with a rare type of cancer.Levine is next attached to direct Little Girl Lost, for Universal Pictures; Jamaica, for Mandate Pictures;and Legend, for CBS Films.Born and raised in New York City, Levine has been an aspiring filmmaker since the age of 12. Followinghis graduation from Brown University's art and semiotics program, he worked as personalassistant to renowned writer and director Paul Schrader. In 2002 Levine moved to Los Angeles toattend the American Film Institute (AFI) Conservatory as a director. There Levine met the writerand producers of horror film All the Boys Love Mandy Lane, which he was soon hired to direct. Upongraduation Levine premiered the film at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival and TheWeinstein Company purchased it almost immediately.In 2008 The Wackness, Levine's second feature and his first as both writer and director, won the audienceawards at the Sundance Film Festival and Los Angeles Film Festival. Starring Ben Kingsleyand Josh Peck, the film also earned Levine an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best FirstScreenplay.ISAAC MARION (Author) was born in northwestern Washington in 1981 and has lived in andaround Seattle his whole life. He has worked a variety of strange jobs, such as delivering deathbedsto hospice patients and supervising parental visits for foster children. He is not married, has no childrenand did not go to college or win any prizes. Warm Bodies is his first novel.BRUNA PAPANDREA (Producer) runs her own production banner, Make Movies, throughwhich she executive produced the forthcoming Australian film Not Suitable for Children, starringRyan Kwanten and Sarah Snook.In association with producer Caroline Kaplan, Papandrea is currently developing a film based onLove the One You're With, the bestselling novel by Emily Giffin. She is also working on an adaptationof the novel The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, from author Jennifer E. Smith.Prior to being a producer at Ashton Kutcher's Katalyst Films, Papandrea was president of MichaelLondon's Groundswell Productions for the first three years of its existence. There she produced AndrewJarecki's All Good Things, starring Ryan Gosling, Kirsten Dunst and Frank Langella; NoamMurro's Smart People, starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Dennis Quaid and Ellen Page; and ToddLouiso's The Marc Pease Experience, starring Jason Schwartzman and Ben Stiller. She was the executiveproducer of Rawson Marshall Thurber's The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, starring Sienna Miller,Peter Sarsgaard and Nick Nolte; and the critically acclaimed Milk, which earned director Gus VanSant an Academy Award® nomination for Best Director and Oscar® wins for actor Sean Penn andwriter Dustin Lance Black.Born and raised in Australia, Papandrea began her career as a film and commercial producer. Sheproduced Jonathan Teplitzky's Better Than Sex, starring David Wenham and Susie Porter, which© 2013 Summit Entertainment20


WARM BODIES (2013)PRODUCTION NOTESwas nominated for eight Australian Film Institute Awards including Best Film.From 2000 to 2004 Papandrea served as an in-house producer for Anthony Minghella and SydneyPollack's Mirage Enterprises in London. At Mirage she oversaw production on Phillip Noyce's TheQuiet American, staring Michael Caine and Brendan Fraser. She also acquired several high-profileproperties including the acclaimed novel The Ninth Life of Louis Drax. Papandrea developed featurefilms such as Triage, based on the novel by Scott Anderson, directed by Danis Tanovic andstarring Colin Farrell and Paz Vega; as well as The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, which was thelast film directed by Anthony Minghella.DAVID HOBERMAN (Producer) is the founder of Mandeville Films and Television and remainsa partner. He is one of the leading producers in the entertainment industry today, having made hismark with more than 100 produced films.Since its founding in 1995, Mandeville Films has produced movies earning well over $1 billion indomestic box-office receipts. Hoberman and Mandeville partner Todd Lieberman produced the criticallyhailed, Academy Award®-winning feature The Fighter, starring Mark Wahlberg, ChristianBale, Melissa Leo and Amy Adams, directed by David O. Russell. Produced for $25 million, thefilm grossed over $125 million worldwide and earned a host of awards, including Oscars® for Baleand Leo.Mandeville successfully resurrected the beloved Muppets franchise with The Muppets, starring JasonSegel and Amy Adams. Directed by James Bobin (Flight of the Conchords) and written bySegel and Nick Stoller, the musical comedy was released by Disney in November 2011 and was oneof the best-reviewed movies of the year.Mandeville currently has more than 20 projects in various stages of development or production andis into its tenth year of a first-look deal with Disney. Upcoming projects include the comedy 21 andOver, written and directed by The Hangover screenwriters Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, starringMiles Teller, Justin Chon, Skylar Astin and Sarah Wright. Next in production will be a feature versionof the popular Disney Channel cartoon "Phineas and Ferb." Also in the works is Jungle Cruise,a motion picture based on the iconic Disney ride that will star Tom Hanks and Tim Allen in theirfirst live-action pairing. Roger Schulman (Shrek) is writing the script. Mandeville is also preparingfilms based on the Top Cow comic books "Crosshair," "Alibi" and "The Darkness." In the works aswell is Earp: Saints for Sinners, to be directed by Sam Raimi.Previously Mandeville produced the hit romantic comedy The Proposal, starring Sandra Bullockand Ryan Reynolds. Along with being the highest-grossing romantic comedy of 2009, earning morethan $317 million worldwide, it was a People's Choice Award winner for Best Comedy.For television the company produced the award-winning USA Network series "Monk," which airedfor eight seasons; ABC's "Detroit 1-8-7," starring Michael Imperioli; and Spike TV's "Kill Point,"starring John Leguizamo and Donnie Wahlberg.Hoberman founded Mandeville Films in 1995 and signed a five-year first-look pact with Walt DisneyStudios. Under the aegis of this relationship, Hoberman produced such films as The Negotiator,George of the Jungle, I'll Be Home for Christmas, Senseless, The Other Sister, Mr. Wrong and TheSixth Man.© 2013 Summit Entertainment21


WARM BODIES (2013)PRODUCTION NOTESIn 1999 Hoberman utilized Hyde Park Entertainment's financing capabilities to co-finance and producethe features Antitrust, What's the Worst That Could Happen? and Bandits, all for MGM. Duringthis time Hoberman also began working with Todd Lieberman, who was then the senior vicepresident of international finance and production for Hyde Park.In 2002 Hoberman and Lieberman signed a first-look deal for Mandeville at Walt Disney Studios.Two years later Lieberman became a co-partner in the company.Mandeville has produced box-office hits such as Bringing Down the House, starring Steve Martinand Queen Latifah; Raising Helen, starring Kate Hudson and directed by Garry Marshall; WalkingTall, starring Dwayne Johnson; Beauty Shop, starring Queen Latifah, Djimon Hounsou, Kevin Baconand Alicia Silverstone; Eight Below, starring Paul Walker; The Shaggy Dog, starring Tim Allen,Robert Downey Jr. and Kristin Davis; Beverly Hills Chihuahua, directed by Raja Gosnell andstarring Piper Perabo and the voices of Drew Barrymore, Andy Garcia and George Lopez; Traitor,starring Don Cheadle and Guy Pearce; and Surrogates, starring Bruce Willis.Prior to forming Mandeville Films, Hoberman served as president of the Motion Picture Group ofWalt Disney Studios, where he was responsible for overseeing development and production for allfeature films released by Walt Disney Pictures, Touchstone and Hollywood Pictures. DuringHoberman's tenure, Disney was often the No. 1 studio in domestic box-office grosses. In 1990 PrettyWoman, supervised by Hoberman, was the highest grossing film of the year and its soundtrackwas the top-selling soundtrack of the year.Hoberman was also behind the release of such notable films as Father of the Bride, What AboutBob?, Dead Poets Society, Crimson Tide, The Jungle Book, Ed Wood, Dangerous Minds, RuthlessPeople, Beaches, The Rocketeer, The Doctor, Sister Act, Alive, What's Love Got to Do With It, CoolRunnings, The Three Musketeers, Tin Men, Stakeout, When a Man Loves a Woman, Three Men anda Baby and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. While an executive at Disney, Hoberman championed thefirst-ever stop-motion animated feature, Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas.Hoberman started his career working in the mailroom at ABC and quickly ascended in the entertainmentbusiness. After working for Norman Lear's company Tandem/T.A.T. and becoming a talentagent at ICM, in 1985 he joined Disney.Today Hoberman is an associate professor with UCLA's graduate school in the producers program.He sat on the board of the Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation for more than 10 years, sat onthe board of the Los Angeles Free Clinic for six years, and is currently a board member of the AnxietyDisorders Association of America.Hoberman is a member of both the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences and the Academyof Television Arts & Sciences.TODD LIEBERMAN (Producer) is a highly respected figure in the entertainment industry and apartner at Mandeville Films and Television. Since its founding in 1995 Mandeville Films has producedfeatures grossing well over $1 billion in domestic box-office receipts. The company is amongthe most profitable and respected production labels in the entertainment industry today.Lieberman and Mandeville partner David Hoberman produced the critically hailed and AcademyAward®-winning feature The Fighter, directed by David O. Russell and starring Mark Wahlberg,© 2013 Summit Entertainment22


WARM BODIES (2013)PRODUCTION NOTESChristian Bale, Melissa Leo and Amy Adams. Produced for $25 million, the film grossed over $125million worldwide.Mandeville successfully resurrected a beloved franchise with The Muppets, starring Jason Segel,Amy Adams and a new Muppet named Walter. Directed by James Bobin (Flight of the Conchords)and written by Segel and Nick Stoller, the musical comedy was one of the best-reviewed movies of2011.Now in its tenth year of a first-look deal with Disney, Mandeville has more than 20 projects in variousstages of development or production. Upcoming projects include the comedy 21 and Over,written and directed by The Hangover screenwriters Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, starring MilesTeller, Justin Chon, Skylar Astin and Sarah Wright. Next in production is a feature version of thepopular Disney Channel cartoon "Phineas and Ferb." Also in the works is Jungle Cruise, a motionpicture based on the iconic Disney ride that will star Tom Hanks and Tim Allen in their first liveactionpairing. Roger Schulman (Shrek) is writing the script. Mandeville is also preparing filmsbased on the Top Cow comic books "Crosshair," "Alibi" and "The Darkness." In the works as wellis Earp: Saints for Sinners, to be directed by Sam Raimi.Previously Mandeville produced the hit romantic comedy The Proposal, starring Sandra Bullockand Ryan Reynolds. Along with being the highest-grossing romantic comedy of 2009, earning morethan $317 million worldwide, it was a People's Choice Award winner for Best Comedy.For television the company produced the award-winning USA Network series "Monk," which airedfor eight seasons; ABC's "Detroit 1-8-7," starring Michael Imperioli; and Spike TV's "Kill Point,"starring John Leguizamo and Donnie Wahlberg.Lieberman's film credits as producer include Wild Hogs, starring Tim Allen, John Travolta, MartinLawrence and William H. Macy, which totaled more than $168 million in domestic box-office receipts;Surrogates, starring Bruce Willis; Traitor, starring Don Cheadle and Guy Pearce; and TheLazarus Project, starring Paul Walker.Lieberman executive produced Brian Robbins' The Shaggy Dog, starring Tim Allen, RobertDowney Jr. and Kristin Davis; Eight Below, starring Paul Walker and directed by Frank Marshall;Laurence Malkin's political thriller Five Fingers, starring Laurence Fishburne and Ryan Phillippe;Beauty Shop, starring Queen Latifah, Djimon Hounsou, Kevin Bacon and Alicia Silverstone; andJeff Nathanson's directorial debut The Last Shot, starring Matthew Broderick and Alec Baldwin.Credits as co-producer include Bringing Down the House, starring Steve Martin and Queen Latifah,which grossed $135 million at the domestic box office; and Raising Helen, starring Kate Hudsonand directed by Garry Marshall.Lieberman joined Hoberman at Mandeville in 1999 and became a co-partner in 2004. Prior to joiningMandeville, Lieberman served as senior vice president for international finance and productioncompany Hyde Park Entertainment, which produced and co-financed such films as Antitrust, Banditsand Moonlight Mile. Lieberman had previously established himself at international sales anddistribution giant Summit Entertainment, where he quickly moved up the ranks after pushing indiesensation Memento into production and acquiring the Universal box-office smash American Pie.In 2001 Lieberman was named by The Hollywood Reporter to its "35 under 35" list of industry professionalsto watch. He holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.© 2013 Summit Entertainment23


WARM BODIES (2013)PRODUCTION NOTESLAURIE WEBB (Executive Producer) is a graduate of the AMPTP Producer Training Plan andworked as an assistant director before making the leap to development at Mirage Enterprises, whereshe contributed to such prestigious film projects as The Interpreter, Cold Mountain and MichaelClayton.Webb is owner of diamondintheroughdraft.com, a developmental editing business that has attractedboth new and established screenwriters and novelists as clients. She has consulted for productioncompanies, studios, directors and the boards of Screen Australia and Screen New South Wales.Alongside producer Cori Shepherd Stern, Webb is attached to executive produce an adaptation ofIsaac Marion's unpublished novel The Inside.As a screenwriter, Webb adapted the bestselling novel Love the One You're With by Emily Giffinfor Bruna Papandrea, who will produce the project with Caroline Kaplan. She is currently at workon her next screenplay.CORI SHEPHERD STERN (Executive Producer) began her entertainment career as a playwrightin Austin, where she founded the award-winning Texas Young Playwrights Festival to discoverand encourage new talent. She went on to teach comedy writing in Vancouver, where she encounteredand encouraged a hilarious 13-year-old named Seth Rogen. Moving into television, shecreated the single-camera teen series "Breaker High," starring a then 16-year-old Ryan Gosling.Her other film credits include serving as executive producer of The Arizona Project, written bySheldon Turner and based on true events in 1970s Arizona involving 19 indictments of major crimefigures.As part of the Sundance/Skoll Stories of Change Documentary Program, Webb is producing a featuredocumentary based on the extraordinary work of the global public health charity Partners inHealth and the world-renowned Dr. Paul Farmer. The film is directed by award-winning documentarianKief Davidson.In addition to film and television, Webb is known for her work as an innovative social change strategistand founder of an international organization called Strongheart. Her projects have been featuredon BBC, NPR and "The Oprah Winfrey Show." She was named by ABC World News a "Personof the Week" and O Magazine listed her as a "Good Guy of the Month." On a less illustriousnote, she admits to passing out cold while filming an amputation, being caught in an election riot,crashing through a blockade of spiked-club-wielding highway bandits, and being stuck on a hotelroof for a week due to civil unrest, with nothing but popcorn and her various Mac devices.NICOLAS STERN (Executive Producer and Line Producer) is a rapidly ascending feature filmproducer.Born in Los Angeles, Stern was probably destined to work in the movie business. The son of British-born,Oscar®-nominated actress Samantha Eggar and American producer Tom Stern, NicolasStern has worked his way up from being a production coordinator on films such as Training Day(2001), Starsky & Hutch and Around the Bend (both 2004) to co-producer on films such as Obsessed(2009), Death at a Funeral (2010), Priest and Friends with Benefits (both 2011).© 2013 Summit Entertainment24


WARM BODIES (2013)PRODUCTION NOTESHis other credits include co-producer on Takers (2010), associate producer and production supervisoron Quarantine (2008) and production supervisor on Prom Night (2008), Vacancy (2007), TheHoliday (2006) and North Country (2005).Stern attended the University of Utah, and with most of his family involved in film it seemed inevitablethat he'd work in the industry upon completing his studies. In 1996 Stern married screenwriterMindy Stern. The couple lives in Studio City, California, with their two children.JAVIER AGUIRRESAROBE, ASC (Director of Photography) lensed director Chris Weitz'sThe Twilight Saga: New Moon as well as the director's A Better Life. He was also the cinematographeron The Five-Year Engagement, directed by Nicholas Stoller, and Fright Night, directed byCraig Gillespie.A legend of Spanish cinema who first gained international acclaim for Secrets of the Heart, whichwas selected by American Cinematographer magazine as one of the top 50 films released since1970, Aguirresarobe has been nominated 11 times for the Goya Award and has won this honor sixtimes.Aguirresarobe has worked on major American and international features such as AlejandroAmenábar's The Others and The Sea Inside, Pedro Almodóvar's Talk to Her, John Hillcoat'sBAFTA-nominated The Road, Milos Forman's Goya's Ghosts and Woody Allen's Oscar®nominatedVicky Cristina Barcelona. Aguirresarobe was also director of photography for the JamesIvory film The City of Your Final Destination.MARTIN WHIST (Production Designer) is a production designer and artist based in Los Angeles.He studied fine art in Vancouver and Toronto, where he earned his undergraduate degree. Whistcompleted his master's in fine arts at the Claremont Graduate University. He has shown his paintingsand sculpture internationally.For the last 15 years Whist has worked on feature films and commercials in all aspects of the artdepartment, from carpenter to production designer. In 2011 he designed Super 8, directed by J.J.Abrams. His recent feature film credits as a production designer include The Cabin in the Woods,The Factory, Devil, The Promotion, Cloverfield, Smokin' Aces and Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny.He has also been an art director on the feature films The Island, Along Came Polly, Down withLove, Phone Booth and the Academy Award® nominated and Art Directors Award-winning LemonySnicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events.NANCY RICHARDSON, A.C.E. (Editor) has amassed notable feature credits such as Red RidingHood, her fourth collaboration with director Catherine Hardwicke after Twilight, Thirteen andLords of Dogtown.Richardson's recent editing assignments include Michael Sucsy's The Vow, starring Rachel McAdamsand Channing Tatum; David Slade's The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, with Kristen Stewart andRobert Pattinson; Julie Anne Robinson's The Last Song, starring Miley Cyrus; and Anne Fletcher's© 2013 Summit Entertainment25


WARM BODIES (2013)PRODUCTION NOTESStep Up, one of Tatum's breakthrough films.A graduate of U.C. Berkeley, Richardson earned her MFA from UCLA's graduate film department.Her first film as an editor was 1988's Stand and Deliver, for director Ramón Menéndez, followedby Charles Burnett's comedy To Sleep with Anger. She later teamed with Burnett on the independentfilm The Annihilation of Fish and the ABC telefilm "Selma, Lord, Selma," before being reunitedwith Menéndez on Money for Nothing.She also edited three films for director Gregory Nava: Mi Familia; with Jimmy Smits; the biopicSelena, which launched the career of Jennifer Lopez; and Why Do Fools Fall in Love, starring HalleBerry.Among Richardson's other credits are Down in the Delta, which marked the directorial debut ofMaya Angelou; White Man's Burden, with John Travolta; and the telefilms "When Billie Beat Bobby"and "Hendrix," for which she received an Emmy® nomination.Richardson has served on the Motion Picture Editors Guild Board of Directors for eight years. Sheis also a tenured professor at the UCLA School of Film, Television and Digital Media.GEORGE LITTLE (Costume Designer) came up through the ranks as an assistant costume designeron the films Bugsy, The Peacemaker and Jarhead, where he fine-tuned his unique and powerfulchoices in costume design. His first opportunity as costume designer was on the televisionminiseries "Lincoln," for which his efforts were rewarded with an Emmy® nomination.Little went on to design for such notable films as Tony Scott's Crimson Tide and John Moore's BehindEnemy Lines. The latter led to a lasting partnership with Moore and they went on to make thefilms Flight of the Phoenix, The Omen and Max Payne. Little then began work with directorKathryn Bigelow on her Academy Award®-winning drama The Hurt Locker.Most recently Little designed costumes for Breck Eisner's The Crazies, starring Timothy Olyphant,and Bigelow's latest, Zero Dark Thirty.ADRIEN MOROT (Makeup Special Effects) has over 22 years of experience in the film and televisionindustry. He has established himself as a hands-on technician and is often found side by sidewith his team on set and elbow deep in sculpting, painting or designing his creations.In 1998 Morot established Maestro Studio FX in Montreal. The company specializes in creating anddesigning makeup effects for film and television. Morot has created memorable monsters, battlewounds, prosthetic effects and makeup for such films as Immortals, Source Code, The Day AfterTomorrow, 300, Night at the Museum and Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian, TheMummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, The Fountain, Death Race, Punisher: War Zone, SecretWindow and Taking Lives.In 2011 Morot received an Academy Award® nomination (Best Makeup) for his subtle characteragingwork on Barney's Version, starring Paul Giamatti and Rosemund Pike.Previously Morot earned an Emmy® nomination for his work on the telefilm "Hiroshima" (1995),starring Lynne Adams. He won a Gemini Award in 2005 for his work on the made-for-television© 2013 Summit Entertainment26


WARM BODIES (2013)PRODUCTION NOTESmovie "Homo Sapiens" and took home a Genie Award in 2009 for the Canadian comedy CruisingBar 2. He was nominated for a Jutra Award in 2006 for his makeup work on Aurore.© 2013 Summit Entertainment27

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