An animated feature adaptation of John Layman and Rob Guillory's uproariously funny cannibal cop comic Chew has been in the works for a while, and it looks like the project is truly moving forward. The Chew movie has a script by Layman and has cast its Tony Chu and Amelia.
The Hollywood Reporter has announced that The Walking Dead's Steven Yeun will be voicing Tony Chu, a "cibopathic" Food and Drug Administration agent who can see the past of anything he consumes—even human flesh. The Guild creator Felicia Day is voicing Tony's love interest Amelia Mintz, a "saboscrivner" food critic who is capable of conveying the experience of eating through her writing. Together, they navigate a world in which an apparent bird flu epidemic has forced a ban on chicken, amidst chicken smugglers, cyborgs of all shapes and species, a deadly rooster, sibling rivalries, a cast of characters with a variety ludicrous food-based superpowers, and a conspiracy that may go beyond our world.
Jeff Krelitz, who acquired the rights to Chew, is directing the film and is considering a live-action TV adaptation as well. It will be particularly exciting to see Chew in animation, however, especially if the movie can capture the over-the-top insanity of Guillory's artwork.