Luke Cage History: From Hero for Hire to Hollywood
TV, Comic Books
Co-creator Brian Michael Bendis has completely dismissed a report by Latino Review that a second Powers pilot has been filmed but, like the first, hasn’t met the approval of FX executives.
“Reports in Latino Review about the Powers pilot are 100% false,” he wrote last night on Twitter. “Every name and fact are incorrect. Except for where they like my writing.” He later added, “Those who may doubt me on POWERS TV. I’m the author of a book called Fortune & Glory about Hollywood & me. No problem telling it like it is. We’ve a ways to go to get Powers on the air but as I Tweeted last week good news JUST happened. stay tuned. FX’ll announce stuff when ready.”
It’s been a long road for the adaptation of the well-regarded comic series by Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming. The project was greenlit in February 2011, with the cable network quickly assembling a cast that included Jason Patric, Lucy Punch and Charles S. Dutton, all under seasoned showrunner Charles “Chic” Eglee. FX President John Landgraf was high on the property, saying it could reinvent the superhero genre on television.
But after watching the completed pilot, network executives asked that Powers be retooled — the same approach was taken with the hit Sons of Anarchy — leaving the show in limbo for more than a year now while FX decided whether to move forward with reshoots. The cast’s contract options expired early this year, but Bendis said in June that, that “Based on the pilot the network ordered a handful of new scripts for new episodes and the writers should be handing them in soon. its slow and steady but we are still alive.”
That same Latino Review report also contends Guillermo del Toro is planning a Warner Bros. film called Heaven Sent that would feature many of DC Comics’ supernatural heroes, and that Universal Pictures is interested in transforming the rejected television adaptation of Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez’s Locke & Key into a movie trilogy.