We saw the scriptto the TV adaptation of Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming's comic Powers, but when will we see the actual show? Sadly, it sounds like Powers is stuck in development purgatory.
The comic, which is written by Bendis and illustrated by Oeming, follows detectives who've been assigned to the "Powers" beat — this means they spend their days investigating crimes revolving around flying folks with capes. In a recent interview with Collider, FX President and General Manager John Landgraf gave a somewhat pessimistic update on the future of the series:
We didn't pick the pilot of Powers up. We went back and Chuck Eglee, who had written that, did a fairly substantial rewrite that would require pretty extensive re-shoots of the pilot. Right now, we're in the process of deciding whether to pull the trigger on that re-shoot. I'll say that I really adore the underlying material. Also, Brian Bendis, who's been a fantastic partner on the project, has been with it, from the beginning.
This is as difficult an adaptation as I've ever worked on. But, I worked on Karen Sisco. I was an executive producer of it. That was a failed Elmore Leonard show. And then, we went right back around and made an Elmore Leonard show with Justified. That, to me, is my penance to Elmore Leonard for not getting Karen Sisco quite right. So, difficult adaptations interest me, but this is a really hard one.
When you think about a 10 o'clock drama, like The Sopranos, or any sort of serious drama, there's never been either a theatrical feature film or a television series that's taken the superhero genre into that type of tonality. It's never been done, and it's just really a struggle. But, until Game of Thrones, I don't think anybody had ever taken the fantasy genre into a 10 o'clock drama territory either. I have enormous respect for HBO, and for David Benioff and everybody who was involved in that show because they managed to pull it off. So, it can be done. It's just proving really difficult.
The outlook's not good. How much are you willing to bet FX is now tinkering around with their answer to Game of Thrones?
Top image from Comics Cavern.