CHEW, the cibopathic comedy smash comic by John Layman and Rob Guillory has been picked up for development at Showtime, and a script by Terri Hughes Burton and Ron Milbauer has been purchased. It’s being planned as a half-hour comedy; Stephen Hopkins will direct as well as executive produce.
The CHEW deal was put together by Circle of Confusion, which also reps the smash hit The Walking Dead and a possible Powers show.
CHEW, which was rejected by every comics publisher before going to Image, has been one of the most reliable non-Big Two comics, saleswise, and collections and deluxe editions have also sold well. The book concerns Tony Chu, a detective who solves mysteries by eating things in a world where meat has been banned after a massive bird flu epidemic. As a quirky comedy it might fit in well at Showtime, whose other hit shows include Dexter, Nurse Jackie, and The L Word.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.