Never having read nor heard about John Layman’s comic book series Chew (art by Rob Guillory) before, I was curious about the news that Showtime is adapting it as a dark comedy, a la “Dexter.” Now I wish I’d known about it sooner and I’m hoping this thing gets aired, because it sounds right up my alley.
Chew is an award winning comic series, set in a time after an outbreak of bird flu killed millions of people. Eating any fowl is now illegal. Protagonist Tony Chu, a cop, is trying to track down suspected black marketers when he eats a bowl of chicken soup at a questionable restaurant; something very strange happens. Tony experiences a vision of the restaurant’s chef, killing people and adding them to the soup. The detective chases down the chef, who immediately kills himself. So Tony does what any good cop would do, he has himself a little plate of chef—and he has another psychic vision. Of course, since eating people isn’t really acceptable behavior, Tony ends up fired by the PD; he’s quickly rehired by the FDA. Dubbed a “cibopath,” (one who can eat something and experience a psychic vision from what he ate), Chu and his partner/fellow cibopath, Mason Savoy head out to take on crime (wait for it) one bite at a time. Holy yum, what a fun show this would be. And I’d just like to put it out there that Ken Leung (“Lost, The Sopranos,” Rush Hour) and his deadpan delivery would be perfect to play Tony Chu.
“Chew” will be produced by “The Walking Dead” production company, Circle of Confusion and the script is by “Eureka” writers Terri Hughes Burton and Ron Milbauer.
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