FX Greenlights Powers Pilot

FX has greenlit the pilot for Powers, an adaptation of the long-running comic series by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming.

The announcement was made tonight on Twitter by John Soldberg, the cable network’s senior vice president of public relations, who revealed the pilot will be directed by executive producer Michael Dinner (Justified, Sons of Anarchy). The script is by Charles “Chic” Eglee, former executive producer of The Walking Dead and veteran of such television series as Murder One, The Shield and Dexter.

Powers pilot was just greenlit by FX!” Bendis responded on Twitter. “It’s official! Your window of reading Powers while it was still cool is running out.”

Debuting in 2000 from Image Comics, Powers follows the lives of Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim, homicide detectives who investigate cases involving “powers” (people with superhuman abilities) in a world where superheroes and supervillains are common. The series continued at Image until 2004, when it moved under Marvel’s Icon banner.

Although Powers had been optioned for film by Sony as early as 2001, Bendis revealed in February 2009 that a TV adaptation was in active development at FX, home to such dramas as The Shield, Rescue Me, Sons of Anarchy and now Justified.

The series is a co-production of Sony and FX Productions.

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  • Oeming

    Very excited about this. Check out Powers art and updates at my site- http://www.michaeloeming.com

    Issue 7 ships next week and so does TAKIO. This is cool news, but it’s all about the comics, support your LCS!

  • Rod G

    Let’s hope this doesn’t end up like Wanted

  • demoncat_4

    nice. its about time comics wind up moving to tv now . and powers is a nice way to start that trend. though hope fx does not screw it up.

  • Mwedmer

    Congratulations Oeming. I look foreward to finally hearing these characters speak.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QKN5MHOI6VUFOYCTV5REK7M7A4 Jacob

    Dude, it’s like you’ve never seen an FX show…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QKN5MHOI6VUFOYCTV5REK7M7A4 Jacob

    FX is like AMC but with badass shows. Quality just oozes out of everything they do.

  • Anonymous

    Cool, FX produces most of my favorite shows on TV (Always Sunny, SOA).

  • http://twitter.com/Dawnell_do Dawnell_do

    Hopefully FX wont screw up the show too much.

  • FabNic

    *sniffle*Smallville*sniffle*
    *cough*Human Target*cough*
    *sneeze*The Walking Dead*sneeze*

    Powers starting the trend? Honestly?

  • http://twitter.com/KennethLivitski Kenneth Livitski

    First The Walking Dead and now Powers. With a Jessica Jones TV series around the corner, all I need now is a series based on Invincible and I’ll be super-duper happy camper!!! : )

  • Sijo

    The question now is: how much stuff from the comics will they use? Will they use the Super Friends parodies? Will Deana say f*ck as much? Somehow I doubt it.

  • http://tomersoiker.wordpress.com Tomer Soiker

    Should have been: “…start a trend of GOOD TV shows based on comic books.”

  • Anonymous

    ooo when Bendis revealed FX has been looking into Powers, I knew it be a no-brainier. I do like the people they have behind the scenes working on this, Elgee is key with his involvement with “Walking Dead”.

    Let the cast speculation begin!

  • Scud

    So you didn’t think The Walking Dead was a good show? Madness.

  • Scud

    That’s what bleeps are made for.

  • DavidLroth

    cool but it would be like 8x cooler if a new issue of powers would come out already!

  • RahadyanT

    It would be too easy to cast either Patrick Warburton or Diedrich Bader as Walker. OTOH, I could see Janeane Garofalo as the voice of Deena Pilgrim.

  • Oeming

    Powers 7 ships next week! And so does our new book TAKIO. I’m wrapping up issue 11 of Powers this week, the train is moving again:)

  • http://twitter.com/HeroicTStudios Michael Sacal

    Who will play Warren Ellis?

  • BillSPreston

    So is this gonna be a cartoon or live action? I assume live action since it’s on FX, but maybe somebody else has heard otherwise?

  • HyperTHYroid

    AWESOME NEWS!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QKN5MHOI6VUFOYCTV5REK7M7A4 Jacob

    A trend can’t start until there’s something following the trend-setter.

  • http://www.spinoffonline.com Kevin Melrose

    It’s live-action.

  • Anonymous

    Brian Michael Bendis with long hair and beard.

  • Dan

    Some of my favorite shows are on FX. Justified. Sons of Anarchy. Archer. FX doesn’t shy away from pushing boundaries. This couldn’t have gone to a better network.

    Congratulations to the creators.

  • Dan

    Deana might not say f*ck as much but on FX she’ll get to swear plenty and in some truly creative ways….