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.