After many ups and downs, it would appear that fans will get their small-screen adaptation of the Image Comics best-seller “Chew” after all. It’s just not coming in the vein you’d expect. Creators John Layman and Rob Guillory are currently in the process of making an animated feature of the book with voice acting already begun.
Actors Steven Yeun (Walking Dead) and Felicia Day (The Guild) are set to voice the main characters of Tony Chu, and his girlfriend Amelia Mintz. Both are avid fans of the comic book and were eager to jump on board.
Layman wrote the script for the feature, which will be directed by Jeff Krelitz, who picked up the rights to Chew last year, after work on a TV series adaptation stalled at Circle and Confusion and Showtime. Krelitz and partner David Boxenbaum were reported to have purchased Heavy Metal magazine earlier this year, and are also adapting another Image series, Peter Panzerfaust. Krelitz and Boxenbaum will produce Chew under their Heavy Metal banner. The Chew animated feature is set for digital and home release.
Chew, the story of a “Cibopath” detective who receives psychic impressions from what he eats, debuted at Image in 2009. The book won “Best New Series” at the Eisner Awards in 2010.