Chew, the irreverant Image series by John Layman and admitted Outhouse reader Rob Guillory, is being adapted to a television show...again. The comic, which had originally been picked up by Showtime before stalling out, is now being developed by Jeff Krelitz, who snatched up rights to the series after Showtime let its rights lapse. You'll recall that Chew's path to television has already been a bit rocky, with erroneous reports of Kiefer Sutherland turning down offers to play series lead Tony Chu (who's Asian-American) and then John Layman revealing that he hadn't been paid by Showtime for the development rights.
Krelitz is responsible for the upcoming BBC adaptation of Peter Panzerfaust, so maybe things have turned around for our favorite comic featuring cannibalism and bizarre food powers. Then again, there's been no word about the aforementioned Peter Panzerfaust television show since it was announced last July, so maybe not. It's also being reported that Krelitz is working on a cartoon adaptation as well.
As much as I want to see Poyo (the killer cyborg rooster and true star of the series) kick ass on the small screen, I won't hold my breath here. There's been plenty of comic book series that have been picked up for television series which haven't panned out, including Locke and Key and The Sixth Gun. That doesn't mean I'll stop rooting for this show to happen, though. Both Layman and Guillory are class acts and Chew is consistently one of the top comics on the stands.
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