iZombie Co-Creator Chris Roberson Is Fine With Rob Thomas's Loose Adaptation of the Comic

izombie17-1315329857During a Reddit AMA session this afternoon, comic book writer Chris Roberson, appearing in support of his new Image Comics series Sovereign with artist Paul Maybury, faced a couple of questions about the upcoming CW Network adaptation of his creator-owned Vertigo comic iZombie, which he created with artist Mike Allred.

In a recent interview, writer and Executive Producer Rob Thomas admitted that he wouldn't be adapting the comic directly, but was essentially taking the concept and running with it.

“They want a new, sort of cool lead for The CW,” Thomas admitted. “So they are asking me to write it 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 coroner’s office so there’s a case-of-the-week where she gets snippets of memories of the deceased and tries to solve the crime.”

A pair of Redditors asked Roberson about the TV pilot, which will apparently be shooting next month in Vancouver.

"I've read the script for the pilot, and it seems like it will make for good television," Roberson said when asked whether making a good show was more important than fidelity to the source material. "The core concept is the same as our comic, but they've used it as the basis for a new character and situation. I very much look forward to seeing how it turns out!"

When asked further down the page what level of involvement he had with the project, Roberson clarified, "beyond a set visit next month, I haven't had any direct involvement with the show."