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Chewing its way onto TV?
Published on Monday, May 16, 2011 by

Big news this month! Besides being nominated for three Eisner Awards and continuing success in sale, Chew also boasts a potential TV show!

The letters column, penned by John Layman, offers information about the Showtime deal.

If you haven’t been around the internets, maybe you haven’t heard. Deadline.com broke the news last month that showtime has bought the script to Chew, to be directed and executive produced by Stephen Hopkins in a deal put together by Circle of Confusion, the same awesome folks responsible for AMC’s The Walking Dead megahit with Robert Kirkman. The script was written by Terri Hughes Burton and ron Milbauer.

Both Rob and John Layman have read the script repeatedly, and are happy with it. It is very much in the spirit of Chew according to the Chew Letters page. Layman offered a big thanks to David Engel and Kemper donovan for making this happen.

Deadline.com had reported in 2010 that Circle of Confusion was going to push ahead to sell the then new comic property Chew. That deal must have happened fairly quickly since the comic, still only 19 issues old, is now seeing a full script! Deadline.com has details about the script being developed into a series but not much new information past what John Layman covered in the letters column. The project is described as a quirky half hour cop show. It leaves out the cannibalistic aspect in the description which makes Chew Chew, but surely that detail will not be overlooked. Later in the Deadline.com article it does mention the cibopath aspect but doesn’t clearly explain what that means in gruesome detail.

Stephen Hopkins, slated to direct the script, has directed the pilots for Fox’s 24, Showtime’s Californication and ABC’s The Unusuals.

Chew’s early success has yet to run out. They continue to do well in sells and now in other media attention. Discuss all things Chew on the Pryde Forum.

In a related Image Comics move to TV, Deadline.com discusses Powers being picked up by FX. Powers is the creation of Brian Michael Bendis and Micheal Avon Oeming. The show is being developed by a writer and director heavily connected to The Walking Dead (AMC), Shield, and Sons of Anarchy.

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