It was announced today that Chris Roberson and Mike Allred’s Vertigo comic book series, iZombie, will be a TV show on The CW.
The comic book series features a female zombie gravedigger who must consume a human brain once a month otherwise she will lose her memories – except when she eats a brain she assumes its memories and sets out to fulfil the dead person’s last request. She’s joined by a friendly 60s ghost, a were-dog sweetheart, a demented (but cute) mummy, and a cadre of paintball-shooting vampires.
This follows a string of similar announcements around comic book TV adaptations between DC and The CW – The Flash will be getting his own spinoff series from the hit show Arrow, Hourman will be getting his own series, and now iZombie joins the (undead) ranks.
DC have been busy getting their properties developed with Gotham at Fox, and Constantine at NBC – the comics company looks to challenge its rival, Marvel, who recently announced four new TV series starring several of their most popular superheroes, including Daredevil and Luke Cage, which will be made for Netflix.
With the popularity of shows like The Walking Dead – another zombie comic book TV adaptation – and movies like World War Z making money at the box office, the timing seems ripe for a show like iZombie to succeed.
The TV series will be a supernatural crime procedural by Veronica Mars’ Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero who will co-write the series and will be joined by frequent collaborators Danielle Stokdyk and Dan Etheridge.
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