Thursday, March 20, 2014
POWERS TV Series Gets Extra Life on Sony PlayStation
Looks like that long-awaited Powers TV series is about to 1-up.
The Hollywood Reporter has word that Powers, based on the Image/Marvel Icon comic book series by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming, has received a straight to series order from Sony Pictures Television for the PlayStation video game console.
Debuting in 2000, Powers is a police procedural series set in a world of superpowered heroes and villains, following the lives of detectives Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim. The two investigate crimes involving those with superhuman abilities, referred to in the fictional word as "powers." The comic book series had three volumes totaling 78 issues before being recently relaunched as Powers: Bureau.
The television series has been in active development since 2011, first at FX, where a pilot was filmed based on a script by Charles H. Eglee. The cast consisted of the following:
Jason Patric as Christian Walker
Lucy Punch as Deena Pilgrim
Charles S. Dutton as Captain Cross
Carly Foulkes as Retro Girl
Bailee Madison as Calista
Alona Tal as Zora
Titus Welliver as Triphammer
Vinnie Jones as Johnny Royale
Khary Payton as Detective Kutter
More scripts were ordered, but the network wanted to reshoot and recast after seeing the pilot. By April of 2012, all of the actors had been released from their contracts while writing continued. In 2013, it was revealed that the show had taken a new direction with a new writer.
According to the article, Sony will recast the entire project with writer Charlie Huston replacing Eglee. Circle of Confusion will return to executive produce alongside co-creators Bendis and Oeming. Michael Dinner will remain as an executive producer and director. Huston and Falling Skies' Remi Aubuchon will executive produce, with Bendis and Huston set as showrunners
The series will be a one-hour superhero drama consisting of ten episodes and is PlayStation's first original scripted drama series. The digital streaming field is rapidly growing, with Netflix, Hulu and Amazon now producing original series and Microsoft's Xbox developing the video game Halo as its first drama.