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Powers’ Fate Should Be Known By March 1, Charles Dutton Says

We learned just last week that Powers is in limbo while FX decides whether to reshoot the pilot for its “difficult” adaptation of the long-running comic series. Executives indicates, somewhat vaguely, that the future of the project would be known within the next couple of months. Now, however, we have a more concrete date: March 1.

“Last I heard, without bugging FX, is that they don’t know either … but they have to come up with something fast, because on March 1, everybody’s deal changes,” Charles S. Dutton, who plays Captain Cross, told MTV News at the Sundance Film Festival. “If I was a betting man, I would be hedging the bet, because we’re getting close to that contract date.”

Created by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming, Powers follows Christian Walker (played by Jason Patric) and his new partner Deena Pilgrim (Lucy Punch), homicide detectives in the Powers division assigned to investigate crimes involving people with superhuman abilities. The pilot also stars Charles S. Dutton as Captain Cross, Bailee Madison as Calista, Titus Welliver as Triphammer, Alona Tal as Zora, and Carly Foulkes as Retro Girl, the popular superheroine whose murder leads to Walker and Pilgrim’s partnership.

Although FX President John Landgraf said in August that he thought Powers could reinvent the superhero genre on television, the series hit a snag when executives asked Charles “Chic” Eglee (The Walking Dead, The Shield) to rework the pilot script to address issues of tone and clarity. Now the network is left to decide whether to move ahead with reshoots on what Landgraf calls “as difficult an adaptation as I’ve ever worked on.”

Dutton seemed to agree, describing Powers as a “tough translation.” “I thought that the pilot was pretty good,” he said, “but it had some concept problems.”

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  • nailsin

    Uh oh.

  • fred

    that sucks i was looking forward to this show

  • James

    Do it! Greenlight it, FX.  Now is your chance to be bold and steal the new hip spotlight away from other networks.  Be the channel with the most original concept, and make this a great year to be FX.  Walking Dead is losing favor with critics.  This will steal it’s thunder.

  • http://profiles.google.com/maskedmanissue1 Masked Man Issue 1

    C’mon! This show is a slam dunk! FX please please don’t pass on this. Good actors, good writing and tons of material to work with. Plus the combination of cop show (EVERYONE watches the Law and Order SVU) and superheroes! Add some gritty realistic noir style (a la Mad Men) combined with a basic understanding of comics and superheroes from the point of view of the normal humans (Heroes Season 1), and you have all the demographics loving this show.

  • Demoncat4

    hope they decide to do the reshoots for hate to see something as interesting as powers wind up not happening because some ex did not like the pilot but would not fix it before the cast contracts expired for it