The popular comic “Chew” is getting another shot at a screen adaptation, this time with Jeff Krelitz and his Quality Transmedia banner.
“In a nutshell, ‘Chew’ centers on a detective who is a “cibopath,” a person who gets psychic impressions from whatever he eats, and is set in a world where bird meats are illegal after a bird flu killed millions of Americans.”
THR reports that the comic, created by John Layman and Rob Guillory and published by Image Comics, was made into a Showtime pilot produced by Circle of Confusion but never moved beyond that stage. When the option lapsed, Krelitz swooped in.
Krelitz is one of the producers behind the adaptation of the Image Comic “Peter Panzerfaust.” He is producing an animated adaptation of the comic for digital and home video, while developing a live-action series for television. (He is in preproduction on the animation front and beginning to meet with showrunners for the TV series.)
The book’s trade paperback collections have hit the New York Times’ best-seller charts, and the comic has won an Eisner Award for best new series as well as two Harvey Awards.