The dark comedy, which centers on a detective who receives psychic impressions from whatever he eats, was in development by Circle and Confusion and Showtime for more than two and a half years before those plans were dropped earlier this year. However, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Jeff Krelitz’s Quality Transmedia was quick to pick up the rights.
Krelitz, who’s also involved in the animated and live-action adaptations of Image’s “Peter Panzerfaust,” is taking a similar approach with “Chew,” developing the property first in animated form for digital and DVD release, and then as a live-action TV series. He’s already in pre-production on the former, and has begun meeting with potential showrunners for the television show.
“We think there is less chance for Hollywood to fuck it up if we pursue a ‘Chew’ animated route,” Layman wrote on Twitter. “[…] Animation generally makes less money, so for some people live action is brass ring. Our priority has always been to stay true.”