DC has been making a lot noise lately revealing their newest trailers for upcoming shows Gotham, Constantine and The Flash, their latest soon to be show that is in development seems to have blindsided. Until now.
DC Entertainment has released a series of shots unveiling – and reigniting – their fourth new TV show that has been greenlit for the 2014 – 2015 season iZombie.
iZombie is loosely based on DC Comic’s Vertigo imprint series created by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred. The comic series follows one Gwen Dylan, a gravedigger as she tries to live her life passing as a regular girl, eating the brains at night of the recently deceased. The act of eating brains allows her to keep her memories and intelligence, but also gives her the memories as she “inherits” some of their thoughts.
The comic series has a very short run of 28 issues (2010 – 2012) but had such a powerful and in-depth illustration of the monsters in the realm.
Now, it has been reported that while the show will share the same title, the TV show will be “taking most of the elements and going forward in its own direction, notably in changing the lead character from a gravedigger to a med student working as a coroner.”
The show is being produced by the same people who brought is the cult favorite Veronica Mars and will be different than the DC’s other live action TV shows, promising to give viewers a whole new take on the zombie genre.
Alongside the images, DC Entertainment and the CW Network released the following as the official description of the series:
“Olivia “Liv” Moore was a rosy-cheeked, disciplined, over-achieving medical resident who had her life path completely mapped out…until the night she attended a party that unexpectedly turned into a zombie feeding frenzy. As one of the newly undead, Liv is doing her best to blend in and look as human as possible. Her appearance now passes for “Goth,” with shockingly pale skin and nearly white hair, and her demeanor has gone from exuberant to exhausted. The change in Liv is baffling to her mother, her former fiancé, Major, and her best friend and roommate, Peyton, who still has the high-energy, Type-A personality that Liv has completely abandoned. Despite her post-traumatic ennui, Liv has devised a way to resist her baser urges to devour fresh human brains – she’s taken a job in the Seattle coroner’s office. In this appropriately dead-end job, Liv can secretly snack on the brains of the many Jane and John Doe corpses that make a final stop in the morgue. Despite carefully covering her tracks, Liv’s boss, Dr. Ravi Chakrabarti, discovers her secret and is surprisingly excited about the scientific possibilities. Even with her boss’ enthusiasm, Liv remains resigned to an eternity without hope or purpose, until she realizes that with every brain she consumes, she retains a portion of that person’s memories. Liv begins to experience visions from the point of view of the murder victims. Much to the surprise of Dr. Ravi and homicide detective Clive Babineaux, Liv often has detailed knowledge of crime scenes and motives that she can’t easily explain. Posing as a psychic, she works with Detective Babineaux to investigate these crimes and discover who is responsible. It’s not the same as being alive again, but at least Liv can find purpose in her undead existence by helping Clive solve the murders of those who are indeed fully dead.”
The show is set to debut on the CW in the mid-season (eh, kind of iffy on that time frame) and will star Rose McIver as main protagonist Liv, Malcolm Goodwin, Rahul Kohli, Robert Buckley, Alexandra Krosney, David Anders and Nora Dunn.
As a fan of the zombie genre, and of this cast, I’m really excited to see this air.