Brian Michael Bendis on Powers: ‘We’re Still in the Game’ at FX
Following comments from actor Charles S. Dutton about the fast-approaching deadline for FX to decide the fate of its Powers adaptation, co-creator Brian Michael Bendis offered some hope for fans of his long-running comic series.
“Last night I had a pretty great convo with the president of FX,” he wrote on Twitter. “Powers people, it’s going to take some time but we’re still in the game.”
Dutton, who plays Captain Cross, indicated earlier this week that the cable network likely had until March 1 to pull the trigger on a pricey pilot reshoot, as that’s when “everybody’s deal changes.” Presumably that’s the date options expire for the central cast.
A Powers adaptation languished in Hollywood for about eight years, initially as a movie, until Bendis revealed in February 2009 that it was in active development as a television series at FX. The network greenlit the pilot two years later, and Powers finally seemed to be on the fast track, with veteran writer-producer Charles “Chic” Eglee (The Shield, The Walking Dead) at the helm.
But in November, word emerged that after viewing the finished pilot, executives asked Eglee to rework the script, just as the network had with the hit Sons of Anarchy and the short-lived Lights Out. Revealing earlier this month that no decision had been made about the reshoot, FX President John Landgraf admitted the drama is “as difficult an adaptation as I’ve ever worked on.”
That, he acknowledged, is because of the dark tone of the comic, which follows two homicide detectives who investigate cases involving people with superhuman abilities in a world where superheroes and supervillains are common.
“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,” Landgraf said. “It can be done, it’s just proving really difficult.”