Showtime Moving Forward With Chew Adaptation

By Mack Rawden 2011-03-24 16:38:47 discussion comments
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Over the last twenty-five years, no medium has come close to matching the surge in creativity and popularity of the graphic novel. From Alan Moore to Frank Miller to Grant Morrison, the writers and artists have pushed the bounds of good taste and made us rethink the way most common science-fiction and superhero tropes are implemented. Lately, Hollywood has been finally catching up to the trend, adapting most of the classics including Watchmen, V For Vendetta and Ghost World, but now television is starting to get in on the action. AMC has been crushing with an adaptation of Kirkman and Moore's The Walking Dead, and Showtime has their own plans for a beloved series.

According to Deadline, the premium cable network has officially purchased the first adaptation of Layman and Guillory's Chew. For those of you unfamiliar with the work, it inhabits an alternate reality where millions of Americans have died from an infectious strain of bird flu. In order to contain the outbreak, the government outlaws eating Avians, but this prompts an entire underground network of chicken distribution. Detective Tony Chu, who gets psychic visions every time he consumes anything, is hired by the FDA to combat the spread, though his methods are called into question as he typically consumes dead bodies to figure out who killed them.

Circle Of Confusion, the company behind the Walking Dead adaptation is producing for Showtime based on a script written by Eureka scribes Terri Hughes Burton and Ron Milbauer. Casting should begin shortly.
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