Given the success of "The Walking Dead," it’s no surprise that cable networks are looking for their own comic book related series. For Showtime, the search wasn’t very hard at all.
Deadline is reporting that Showtime has purchased a script based on "Chew," a hit Image comic from writer John Layman and artist Rob Guillory. The deal was made by Circle of Confusion, the same company that helped Robert Kirkman bring "The Walking Dead" to AMC.
The unusual premise of "Chew" follows federal agent Tony Chu, who has the sometimes disgusting ability to get a psychic flash from anything that he eats which he uses to solve strange and unusual crimes.
"Eureka" veterans Terri Hughes Burton and Ron Milbauer wrote the first draft of the "Chew" pilot which will reportedly be slightly retooled under Showtime’s watch. Circle of Confusion’s David Engel is attached as an executive producer along with Burton, Milbauer and Stephen Hopkins. In fact, Hopkins is slated to direct the pilot as well, should it get to that stage. Most recently, Hopkins helmed the Showtime pilot "House of Lies" starring Don Cheadle.
If picked up to series, "Chew" would be a half-hour show presumably to better fit in with Showtime’s half-hour dramadys like "Weeds" and "Nurse Jackie." The "Chew" comic book is often darkly hilarious, so it wouldn’t need many changes in tone.
Aside from "Chew" and "The Walking Dead," Circle of Confusion is also producing for Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming’s "Powers" at FX. The superhero based crime drama languished in development at FX for years before former "Walking Dead" executive producer Charles H. Eglee joined the project months ago and led to its recent pilot pickup.