Showtime Picks Up ‘Chew’ TV Series Script

Showtime has had a big appetite for new projects these days — and it looks like they’re biting off a piece of the hit comic series “Chew” by Jonathan Layman and Rob Guillory.

According to Deadline Hollywood, Showtime bought the script as a half-hour cop show with Stephen Hopkins (“Californication”, “Predator 2″) attached to both direct and executive produce the project.

The comic series “Chew” centers around a police detective named Tony Chu with the unorthodox ability to receive psychic impressions from whatever he eats. Odd as it may be, through the years-long series it’s borne out to be a valuable skill as Chu works for the police and a militarized F.D.A.

The script was written by two writers out of SyFy’s “Eureka,” Terri Hughes Burton and Ron Milbauer, and Showtime plans to tweak it somewhat before shooting.

Back in September, MTV Splash Page speculated about a potential cast for a “Chew” series, which was announced at 2010’s Comic-Con International. In the lead role of Tony Chu we had “Lost” alum Ken Leung; a choice that the “Chew” creators have endorsed on several occasions.

The Showtime acquisition of “Chew” is the latest in a string of comic-to-TV projects from Circle of Confusion, who recently shepherd Robert Kirkman’s “The Walking Dead” to AMC as well as Brian Michael Bendis and Mike Avon Oeming “Powers” to FX.

What do you think? Could the cibopathic comic series “Chew” act as a perfect pairing to Showtime’s other big hit, “Dexter”, or offer some killer munchies after “Weeds”? Let us know what you think in the comment section or on Twitter!