News About The FX TV Pilot Based On The Comic Series Powers By Bendis & Oeming
Announced today at E3.
Details to come…
Good news from the producer and head writer of Powers, Charles Eglee, as well as creator Brian Michael Bendis – Powers for TV is still not dead at FX.
Eglee appeared in the Nerdist Writers Panel in recent months and assured that the project is “actively moving forward.” He also talked a bit about what one could expect from the first season of a Powers TV show.
“For those of you who know the comic at all, there’s an installment called ‘Who Killed Retro Girl?’ and it just seemed to me that rather than wrap that up in a one-hour pilot, the thing to do was really let that be a whole season — the 13 episodes. Treat it as one murder investigation with weekly stories, self-contained narratives in each episode. But the big event — sort of like ‘Murder One’ really — was solving that crime and using that to develop our characters and dramatize the world,” he explained. “We’re not really hinging the show on the solving of that particular crime,” Eglee continued. “It’s really about Christian Walker’s journey. This guy is…sort of ‘The Man Who Fell To Earth.’ He was this Olympian god who had powers and was immortal, and he sort of got thrown out. And now, here he is walking the earth with mere mortals and trying to put it together.”
Bendis yesterday posted on Tumblr that the project is still alive. “Based on the pilot the network ordered a handful of new scripts for new episodes and the writers should be handing them in soon,” he says. “It’s slow and steady but we are still alive.”
Deadline is reporting that Lucy Punch, who was to play Deena Pilgrim in Powers, has been cast in a FOX comedy pilot called Ned Fox In My Manny.
But what does this mean for Powers?
Tweeter Wesley Ambrecht asked Brian Michael Bendis himself, and here’s what he had to say:
“she was being recast by fx. but not because of talent. she’s amazing.”
If Punch is out, can we wait until Katee Sackhoff is free again? No?
Hopefully there will be some more Powers updates soon.
UPDATE: And here are some updates! Here’s what Bendis had to say on his Facebook page about the status of Powers TV:
“though lucy punch has moved on, powers tv is not dead. if it was i would tell you honest & true. new scripts have been ordered for more episodes & there will be news in may about how we are going forward. the network is behind us all the way. its quite nice. its going to be a long haul but its all about quality. i desperately want the best show we can make.”
It’s been talked about for three years now, and a pilot was shot last year, but it sounds like Powers will have to wait a little bit longer for TV – if it comes on to TV at all.
“We didn’t pick the pilot of Powers up; we went back and Chick Eglee, who had written it, did a fairly substantial rewrite that would require pretty extensive reshoots of the pilot,” THR reports FX president John Landgraf as saying. “Right now we’re in the process of deciding whether to pull the trigger on the reshoot.”
Landgraf refers to Powers as a “difficult adaptation” which interests him “but this is a really hard one.”
Decisions on what to do next will come within a few months.
PowersTV has had an influx of traffic recently, and we weren’t quite sure why at first.
It turns out, it’s because the spokeswoman in a recent series of advertisements for T-Mobile is Powers’ “Retro Girl” herself, Carly Foulkes.
She plays the role in the series pilot, which doesn’t have an air date but hopefully we’ll all be seeing it (and a series order!) soon.
In the Powers universe, the first Retro Girl is an extremely popular superheroine who ends up murdered. It is her killing that pushes forth the series’ first major arc.
With a lot of people talking about her these days, that should count as another reason for FX to pick the series up already.
Possible good news on the Powers front… while it seemed things were between Powers and Outlaw Country for a spot on the FX line-up, the cable network has now passed on the latter.
However, Powers will be going through some redevelopment, including some “retooling and reshoots.”
Creator Brian Michael Bendis seems to think this is “pretty good news” as Sons Of Anarchy also went through the same process.
Stay tuned for more Powers TV news as it becomes available…
Bailee Madison plays Calista in the Powers TV pilot. In a recent interview with Spinoff Online about Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark she answered some of the inevitable questions about doing Powers.
“I love Calista! When you first see her in the beginning of the show, there’s already kind of a thought, like there’s something different about her. She has a secret,” Madison told the site. “The truth is that she does, and we don’t reveal it in the pilot.”
“If the show does get picked up, there are some really fun things that my character is able to do. She’s such a sweet girl, but in the same way she’ll kick some butt if she needs to. She’s kind of raising herself in a way and … she’s got such spunk, some kind of sarcastic energy, but in a cute way, in a fun way that’s appropriate,” she continued.
“It is so true to the comic,” she assured. “It’s like you’re watching a comic book. Everybody looks the same [as they do on the page]. I had pitch-black bangs, I was wearing a wardrobe that you’d imagine her to have, and all the detailed sound and special effects are so realistic that I think when you see it, you’re just going to want to hit pause so you can look at all the details.”
To read the entire interview, where Madison talks about how she manages to read Powers while avoiding some of its salty language, visit CBR’s Spinoff Online.
The Chicago Sun-Times tonight posted the first image of Jason Patric in character as Christian Walker in the Powers pilot.
Deadline.com today is reporting that Vinnie Jones has landed the role of Johnny Royalle in the Powers pilot.
Jones is no stranger to heroic productions. He played the Juggernaut in X-Men: The Last Stand and Scales in this year’s short-lived The Cape.
Brian Michael Bendis has confirmed on his official Twitter feed that Supernatural and Veronica Mars fan favorite Alona Tal has been cast in Powers as Zora.
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