42 Screens: FX Orders Powers Pilot

Comic book TV series seems to be the things now.  After the success with The Walking Dead everybody is looking for the next big thing.

But Powers is nothing new.  It’s been eleven years since the series launched to critical acclaim, ten years since Sony optioned it for a film, two years since the project was redirected to the small screen, and one year since Bendis and Journeyman creator Kevin Falls pitched the show to cable network FX.

Now FX has greenlit a pilot for the series. Hopefully, this means we can look forward to development on this project picking up pace.   Director Michael Dinner back out of the project.  The script is by Charles H. Eglee. Falls, who wrote the script that Bendis showed to FX last year.  Casting for the Powers pilot is to begin immediately, and shooting will start in the spring.

Bendis’ series takes place in a universe where superpowers are somewhat unusual, but not uncommon. The protagonist is Christian Walker, a superhero turned homicide detective. Along with his partner Deena Pilgrim, he solves murder cases involving “powers,” or people with superpowers. Powers has done well both critically and commercially, winning the Eisner Award for Best New Series in 2001. The series debuted on Image Comics, but moved to Marvel’s Icon imprint in 2004. If you’ve been meaning to get around to the series, now is the time to start. As Bendis points out, “your window of reading Powers while it was still cool is running out.”

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