Circle of Confusion, the production company behind AMC's The Walking Dead, is developing a television series based on John Layman and Rob Guillory’s Chew, Deadline reports. Stephen Hopkins (24) will direct and executive produce.
Debuting in June 2009, the darkly comic Image series centers on police detective Tony Chu, a cibopath who receives psychic impressions from whatever he eats. "It also means he's a hell of a detective," the Chew blog states, "as long as he doesn't mind nibbling on the corpse of a murder victim to figure out whodunit, and why. It's a dirty job, and Tony has to eat terrible things in the name of justice. And if that wasn't bad enough, the government has figured out Tony Chu's secret. They have plans for him … whether he likes it or not." He's recruited by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration which, because chicken has been made illegal because of alleged bird-flu pandemic, has become the most powerful law-enforcement branch of the government.
Chew is one of the surprise hits of the past year, with its two collected editions -- "Taster's Choice" and "International Flavor" -- becoming New York Times bestsellers.