November 7, 2013
With everyone jumping on the comic book bandwagon for new TV series, it isn’t much of a surprise that channels are grasping for good show ideas based off of comic books. Today news dropped that Rob Thomas, the Veronica Mars creator, is in works to adapt DC‘s comic book series “iZombie” into a TV series for The CW‘s line-up.
Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas knows a thing or two about smart, witty detectives, but what does he know about zombies? We may find out, as Thomas is reportedly reuniting with VM executive producer Diane Ruggiero for an adaptation of DC’s iZombie. And we can add this to the list of DC properties CW is looking to develop (see also Hourman, Flash, and of course, the currently airing Arrow).
The comic was created by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred, and the potential series would be based on the characters from the story and set up as a supernatural crime procedural that centers on a med student-turned-zombie who gets a job at a coroner’s office, where — as you can imagine — brains are more readily accessible than one might find elsewhere. Given that’s what zombies tend to eat, it’s not hard to understand why this would be such a convenient occupational setting for a zombie. Here’s where the crime procedural factors in, as each brain that the zombie eats allows her to inherit their memories. With the help of her medical examiner boss and a police detective, she’s able to solve homicide cases, which helps to quiet the disturbing voices in her head. The zombie/supernatural element seems like kind of a leap from Veronica Mars, but factoring in the continuing trend of all things supernatural among young adults, it seems like the right direction for Thomas if he’s looking to get back into the TV business and into the mind of a persnickety female sleuth.