Rob Thomas Talks on the Idea for the iZombie

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Entertainment Weekly talks to iZombie executive producers Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero on the series based on the DC Comics print of the same title, the highlight of the interview is when Rob Thomas talks about how the idea for the television series came to be, as we believe this is the first time he’s spoken about it in an interview.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Where did the idea to adapt the comic first come from?
ROB THOMAS:
Susan Rovner, the [EVP] of Warner Bros. development, made us do it. We weren’t looking to do zombies. In fact, it came at a really weird time for me, because I was already doing a couple pilots and finishing up editing the Veronica Mars movie when Warner Bros. first came to me with it. I kept trying to say no, not because I didn’t like the premise or the comic book, but because I was just overwhelmed at the time. Susan kept saying, “This is the next great heroine on The CW. This is the next Buffy. It’s the next Veronica Mars.” They would not let me say no. Eventually, I said, “If I can do it with Diane Ruggiero, then I will do it.” That’s the auspices.
DIANE RUGGIERO: I just do whatever Rob says, so he never has to twist my arm. [Laughs]
THOMAS: Diane is the true lover of the zombie genre. She’s the person who keeps us on the straight and narrow, zombie wise.

In the rest of the interview they talk about how the television series differs to the comic book series and what the audience can expect out of the series, which air tonight at 9/8c on The CW.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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