Chew Artist Offers Update on Showtime Series

It’s been a long time since we’ve had an update on the television adaptation of Image Comics’ ongoing series Chew, but series co-creator and artist Rob Guillory has some encouraging words about where it’s at.

“We have an awesome script written by a great writer named Brian Duffield,” he said in an interview with Man Cave Daily, “It’s shockingly loyal to the comic. All the favorite characters are there, and the tone is dead on. Stylistically, it’s about as close as you can get to something as weird as Chew. So right now, we’re basically going back and forth with Showtime. Network stuff, which can move super-slow. But the good news is that we’re taking our time with it. If it does happen, it will be good. It won’t be something we just crap out.”

Originally, the series was said to consist of half-hour episodes and Guillory confirmed that has changed.

“It got changed to one-hour episodes as it evolved, but I don’t know if that was ever announced. It’s just something that happens as we experiment with getting the adaptation right.”

The dream cast that Guillory and series writer John Layman have had in mind is actor Ken Leung from LOST and it seems like it could happen.

“We’ve been in touch with Ken Leung, and we send him books periodically. He’s a fan, and if the timing came together, he would be our Tony. But it’s Hollywood, and there are a million other factors. So we’ll see.”

Launched in 2009, the ongoing series deals with a police detective, Tony Chu, who happens to be a “cibopath,” someone with the supernatural ability to gain a psychic impression of an object by eating it. Throughout his investigations, Chu comes up against a variety of other people with different food-related abilities.