The CW Picks Up Supernatural Spin-Off and DC’s iZombie and Flash Adaptations

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The CW Television Network has ordered pilots for three new series: adaptations of DC‘s iZombie and Flash comics series and Supernatural: Tribes, a spin-off of its successful Supernatural drama show.

Created by Supernatural writer Andrew Dabb, Warner Bros‘ Supernatural: Tribes will explore the universe’s clashing, Chicago-based hunter and monster cultures. The series will be executive produced by Dabb along with Eric Kripke, Robert Singer, McG and showrunner Jeremy Carver. Singer will also direct.

Meanwhile iZombie will be adapted by Veronica Mars writers Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero from an Eisner Award-winning Vertigo comics series by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred. The story is described in The Hollywood Reporter as:

250px-IZombie_-1_cover“a supernatural crime procedural that centers on a medical-student-turned-zombie who takes a job in the coroner’s office in order to gain access to the brains she must reluctantly eat to maintain her humanity. However, with every brain she eats, she inherits the corpse’s memories. 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.”

Veronica Mars collaborators Danielle Stokdyk and Dan Etheridge will also be involved in the writing and production of the Warner Brothers Television and Rob Thomas Productions series. The CW’s pilot order for iZombie follows its recent acquirement of Thomas’s Veronica Mars spin-off web series, which will launch on its digital platform CW Seed.

Finally, an adaptation of The Flash will act as a spin-off of the network’s Arrow series, based on DC’s Green Arrow comics. Written by David Nutter, Arrow’s Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg and DC’s Geoff Johns, Flash tells the story of a scientist, Barry Allen (Grant Gustin), who develops superhuman speed. Jesse L. Martin, Danielle Panabaker and Rick Cosnett will co-star. Melissa Kellner Berman will also executive produce, and David Nutter will direct the pilot.

These recent orders continue the CW’s strong connection with sci-fi and fantasy shows, and bring the number of DC titles to be given TV pilots this year up to four, along with Fox’s Batman prequel Gotham and NBC’s Constantine, an adaptation of horror comics series Hellblazer.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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