iZOMBIE's Rob Thomas Says Series Won't Stick That Close To The Comics

iZombie producer, writer and director Rob Thomas is out promoting the Veronica Mars movie but briefly touched on his plans for The CW's adapatation of iZombie. Says the show will be in the vein of Buffy and 'Mars'.

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By Mark Julian - 3/17/2014
iZOMBIE's Rob Thomas Says Series Won't Stick That Close To The Comics


"They want a new, sort of cool, female lead on The CW. They want something in the vein of Buffy or Veronica Mars. So they are asking me to write [iZombie] in the tone that I normally write. It will not be zombie apocalypse show, it will be fun, cool, smart, funny single-female lead who happens to be a zombie. She has to eat brains in order to survive. We're not sticking that close to the comics, the thing we're taking from the comic is this mid-20s female zombie who eats brains and gets the memories of the dead. But we put her in a coroners office so there's a case of the week, each week where she gets snippets of memories of the deceased and tries to solve the crime."




That's Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas discussing his adaptation of Chris Roberson and Michael Allred's comic book iZOMBIE with IGN. Sounds like fans of the book shouldn't expect a page-by-page reconstruction of the fan favorite title. It's more of a conceptual, re-imagining of the source material, similar to AMC's The Walking Dead. But that's were the similarities between the two shows will end as Thomas makes it clear that his series is not set in a zombie apocalypse.

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Pasto - 3/17/2014, 3:09 PM
Today has been a slow day on CBM.
TheCaptain - 3/17/2014, 3:11 PM
Sounds queer
npamusic - 3/17/2014, 3:14 PM
meh. no thanks.
npamusic - 3/17/2014, 3:16 PM
@Shadow nope, that's most likely it. The comic only ran for 3 years. I don't understand why The CW is even making a TV series out of this. I've never ever heard of the comics before, and they only had a limited run. I don;t know how popular the comics were, but if they only did a 3 year comic for it, then idk...
erth2drew - 3/17/2014, 3:17 PM
lol for real doe @pesto
Enphlieuwince - 3/17/2014, 3:23 PM
NPaMusic

I think that's the point. They can capitalize on the CBEntertainment boom and they don't have to worry about fanboys who are salty over not respecting the source material. They can make it what they want it to be.
soforizo - 3/17/2014, 3:25 PM
"Rob Thomas Says Series Won't Stick That Close To The Comics"

There's probably not enough fans of the comics to care anyhow. I'll check out one episode for being a comic book property, might check some more cuz the lead looks delicious (and I did watch some of the early seasons of Veronica Mars back when it aired).
Enphlieuwince - 3/17/2014, 3:28 PM
It's always a little disheartening when you know they're just trying to walk in someone else's footsteps too. What's the point though if they aren't going to be original and fresh?
Monitorearthprime - 3/17/2014, 3:36 PM
I read the series and to be turthful, it would be really hard to bring it into tv. I do hope that they try and keep the core figures in the pilot. A Zombie, her best girl-friend is a ghost from the 60's and her best guy-friend is a gay were-terrier who falls in love with Gwen brother.
ThrotTheUnclean - 3/17/2014, 3:51 PM
I have never read this series, but I will say that it is usually not a good thing to stray from the source material. Although, the Walking Dead has done it successfully.
imaginejim - 3/17/2014, 3:53 PM
I liked this type of idea better when it was called CHEW.
Lemons - 3/17/2014, 3:56 PM
If that's what they are going for, then it sounds like a similar tone to Warm Bodies.
WruceBayne - 3/17/2014, 4:09 PM
I don't think this show is going to make it past it's second season.
GliderMan - 3/17/2014, 4:12 PM
I don't kind them doing this, but I hope that every once in a while they bring characters/themes from the comics. I think this gonna be a good show. I'm not sure why they won't use the same name, though, Gwen.

Also, BRING IN SOLOMON GRUNDY!!!!!!!!!!
npamusic - 3/17/2014, 4:16 PM
@WruceBayne I doubt it'll get passed the pilot. but hey, they're capitalizing (as Enphlieuwince has stated) on the ZOMBIE and CBM craze in one fell swoop. Who knows. I won't be tuning in.
soforizo - 3/17/2014, 4:35 PM
@NPaMusic

Possibly, but the creator has had a pretty good handle on female characters before. The concept itself is one I wouldn't care to watch had it no ties to a comic book.
Nick56 - 3/17/2014, 4:38 PM
Of the DC tv projects, this is the one I have the least interest in
DrunkenNukem - 3/17/2014, 4:54 PM
is this still happening??
npamusic - 3/17/2014, 4:55 PM
@soforizo exactly. exactly my point. it's from the dude who did VERONICA MARS. no thanks...
GL - 3/17/2014, 5:53 PM
Why is this happening
Melkaticox - 3/17/2014, 6:05 PM
Why? Is the protagonist going to break the zombie's necks? ;)
soforizo - 3/17/2014, 6:19 PM
@NPaMusic

I'm not trying to sell you on the show, I'm not a fan of the zombie genre in any form. Just stating why I'll watch at least an episode.
campblood - 3/17/2014, 7:22 PM
@armoredasgardian: thanks for the good belly laugh. hilarious
ChanceX74 - 3/17/2014, 11:01 PM
So it's a feminized Warm Bodies using a title for the sole purpose of name recognition to attract part of the audience.
GliderMan - 3/17/2014, 11:41 PM
Feminized Warm bodies? WB was very feminine already. I think they're doing it bc it's something that'll work on the CW. Hope they use Solomon Grundy from Arrow.
case - 3/18/2014, 2:53 PM
Well he refused to do good rocknroll in matchbox 20, why would he stick the source here either?
ChanceX74 - 3/18/2014, 4:55 PM
I know Warm Bodies was very feminine already; what it lacked was the female being the primary driver of the narrative. This show seems to correct that issue.
loki668 - 3/20/2014, 2:39 AM
Did they ask Rob Thomas about a new Matchbox 20 album :)

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