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Dubbing Powers “as difficult an adaptation as I’ve ever worked on,” FX President John Landgraf revealed Sunday the network has yet to decide whether to reshoot the pilot based on the long-running comic by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming.
“Difficult adaptations interest me but this is a really hard one,” he told reporters during the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour.
According to The Live Feed, FX expects to know within the next couple of months whether Powers will move beyond the pilot stage. Word first surfaced in mid-November that, after viewing the finished pilot, executives asked Charles “Chic” Eglee (The Walking Dead, The Shield) to rework the script — just as the network had with the hit Sons of Anarchy and the short-lived Lights Out. Bendis said at the time that the reshoots, originally set for this month, “are all about tone and clarity.”
Powers, which was greenlit in February 2011, centers on Christian Walker (Jason Patric) and Deena Pilgrim (Lucy Punch), homicide detectives who investigate cases involving people with superhuman abilities in a world where superheroes and supervillains are common. Landgraf acknowledged to reporters that the comic’s dark tone makes it a particular challenge to adapt for television.
“When you think about a 10 o’clock drama — a Sopranos-esque drama or any serious drama — there’s never been a feature film or TV series that’s taken the superhero genre into that type of tonality, it’s never been done and it’s just really a struggle,” he told reporters. “It can be done, it’s just proving really difficult.”
On Sunday, Bendis remained upbeat about Powers‘ status, writing on Twitter: “Still in limbo is not the end of the world . Never pity a guy with a TV deal. Lots of smart people working on it right now. Stay tuned.”