Layman & Guillory’s CHEW to Get Animated Feature

Well, it happened, you guys: all of my dreams came true.

After a few false rumors that John Layman and Rob Guillory’s amazing Image series Chew was on its way to television and movies, we’ve finally got a confirmation: Chew will be getting an animated feature. Tony will be voiced by The Walking Dead’s Steven Yeun, and Amelia will be voiced by Felicia Day (a notoriously polarizing presence in the geek community).

The feature, which will go direct to digital download, is being created under the banner of Heavy Metal, you know, that magazine that features sexy, big-breasted robot ladies (or, alternately, ladies riding dragons) on the cover? The magazine was purchased last year by David Boxenbaum, a music industry vet, and Jeff Krelitz, a film producer. The pair have already committed to a number of comic adaptation projects (including a Peter Panzerfaust film), but they also are talking things like a “Game Of Thrones-style take on The Wizard Of Oz”, which frankly, sounds super gross. The script is being written by co-creator John Layman, so at least we know the writing should be consistent.

So, I say to thee, new heads of Heavy Metal, don’t mess this one up. Please.

It’s actually been something of a big week for Chew, with Layman tweeting several photos sure to have fans worked up. First, a look at the upcoming Chew/Revival crossover book, which formerly held the title of Thing I Was Most Excited For©:

Images from @themightylayman
Images from @themightylayman

Layman also posted some teaser art for Warrior Chicken Poyo, a truly insane looking book about everyone’s favorite cybernetic murder chicken, currently being solicited for July in this month’s previews:

So there you have it: if you’ve been stalling on Chew, this is a good time to dive in and check out what is certainly one of the weirdest, most unique (and sometimes most disgusting) books on the shelf.

What do you think about the casting? Do you think Chew will adapt well to the small screen? Let me know in the comments!

Ivy Noelle Weir

Ivy Noelle Weir

Ivy Noelle Weir is a Librarian, Writer, Photographer, and feminist geek out to ruin everything you love. She tweets excessively at @ivynoelle.