Fresh off of the completion of the feature film version of his most successful creation, Rob Thomas (creator and writer of 'Veronica Mars') is teaming with Diane Ruggiero to bring a very different sort of drama about a young heroine to the screen. As Deadline exclusively reported, Thomas and Ruggiero are teaming up to adapt the popular Vertigo comic book 'iZombie' for The CW.
'iZombie' is part of the Vertigo imprint, owned by DC Comics but featuring properties and stories outside of the traditional DC Universe of heroes. From the sounds of things, Thomas and Ruggiero will be developing 'iZombie' from the source material with a twist to keep things contained and episodic. In the comic series, 'iZombie' is about Gwendolyn Price, a professional grave digger who happens to be a revenant. Gwen can pass for a regular girl, but she needs to eat a brain once a month to keep from losing her memories and intelligence. As a gravedigger she has plenty of access to recently deceased people; when she consumes their brains she "inherits" part of the deceased's thoughts. Gwen lives in Eugene, OR with her friends, a ghost from the 1960s named Ellie and a Wereterrier named Scott (and yes, a Wereterrier is precisely what it sounds like). The comic is created by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred and has been critically-acclaimed since its inception.
For the television adaptation, Gwen will be a med student-turned-zombie who takes a job in the coroner’s office to gain access to the brains she must reluctantly eat to maintain her humanity. But with each brain she consumes, she inherits the corpse’s memories, and with the help of her medical examiner boss and a police detective, she solves homicide cases in order to quiet the disturbing voices in her head. I'm really hoping they find a place for Gwen's supernatural friends in the television series, as well.
This is the latest in a long line of DC Comics properties being developed this season. 'Flash' and 'Hourman' will be joining 'Arrow' on The CW, where FOX will bring us 'Gotham' and NBC develops 'Constantine.'