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Cannibal cop comic Chew gets a cable series from Predator 2 director

Mar. 24, 2011by: Dave Davis

UPDATE: It was around the time of last summer's Comic Con when a CHEW series was initially announced, and Deadline now says the quirky comic will come to life on Showtime, ensuring the material won't need to be tamed down for TV. Meanwhile, you should catch up with the trade paperbacks.

July 21, 2010: "Cannibal cop" is actually something of an oversimplification -- in the Image Comic CHEW, detective Tony Chu is a cibopath, which means he can get psychic impressions from whatever he eats (except beets). This strange skill comes in handy for solving murders, but it obviously involves noshing on a victim.

The book from John Layman and Rob Guillory is fun and weird and unique, and someone in Hollywood thought so, too. The series has been grabbed for a TV show by Circle of Confusion, who also shuffled Robert Kirkman's zombie comic "The Walking Dead" onto AMC.

The series will be exec produced and directed by Stephen Hopkins, who made movies like PREDATOR 2, JUDGMENT NIGHT and LOST IN SPACE before heading to the tube to work on shows like "24" and "Californication".

Circle of Confusion also has Brian Michael Bendis' superhero cop comic "Powers" in the works as an FX series.

Extra Tidbit: Writing this article made me hungry. Ribs!

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2:22PM on 03/25/2011
I've never heard of this comic before but it definitely sounds interesting so maybe I'll start reading it before the show starts. Now if only they would do Preacher this way.
I've never heard of this comic before but it definitely sounds interesting so maybe I'll start reading it before the show starts. Now if only they would do Preacher this way.
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9:14AM on 03/25/2011
this makes me soo happy, i love the book. putting it on Showtime makes me even happier. i agree with everyone else, the role is perfect for Ken Leung
this makes me soo happy, i love the book. putting it on Showtime makes me even happier. i agree with everyone else, the role is perfect for Ken Leung
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12:10AM on 03/25/2011
Love the book! I'm totally down for this!
Love the book! I'm totally down for this!
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11:24PM on 03/24/2011
awesome!! i swear shows on hbo and especially showtime are better than going to the movies! CHEW following Dexter, hell yeah!
awesome!! i swear shows on hbo and especially showtime are better than going to the movies! CHEW following Dexter, hell yeah!
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9:04PM on 03/24/2011
Another fantastic flick he directed is The Ghost and The Darkness! :D
Another fantastic flick he directed is The Ghost and The Darkness! :D
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8:54PM on 03/24/2011

Ken Leung

Please for the love of fucking God, cast Ken Leung!!!
Please for the love of fucking God, cast Ken Leung!!!
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8:52PM on 03/24/2011
Excelent, all comic book series need to be on cable. They play things too safe on broadcast TV.
Excelent, all comic book series need to be on cable. They play things too safe on broadcast TV.
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8:49PM on 03/24/2011
Tony Chu is a Chinese American so my pick will be Ken Leung.
Tony Chu is a Chinese American so my pick will be Ken Leung.
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8:33PM on 03/24/2011

Awesmome

I hope they get the guy who played "Miles" on the TV show LOST, to play Tony Chu. That'd be pretty damn cool. Not many lead roles out there for asian actors.
I hope they get the guy who played "Miles" on the TV show LOST, to play Tony Chu. That'd be pretty damn cool. Not many lead roles out there for asian actors.
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8:55PM on 03/24/2011
The character of Chu was BASED on the actor you speak of, Ken Leung!
The character of Chu was BASED on the actor you speak of, Ken Leung!
12:20AM on 07/22/2010
SWEET!!! This is one of the best comics going, absoultly love this comic. and right after i read the first issue i said this is gonna be made into a film and soon. It's a TV show but i was close!

JOHN CHO FOR TONY CHU!!
SWEET!!! This is one of the best comics going, absoultly love this comic. and right after i read the first issue i said this is gonna be made into a film and soon. It's a TV show but i was close!

JOHN CHO FOR TONY CHU!!
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11:34PM on 07/21/2010
Predator 2 is awesome.
Predator 2 is awesome.
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11:28PM on 07/21/2010

Love the Comic

It will be interesting to see them pull this off. Could be pretty cool.
It will be interesting to see them pull this off. Could be pretty cool.
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