Khary Payton Reveals That He And The Rest Of The Cast Have Been Released From POWERS

Called "as difficult an adaptation as I’ve ever worked on," by FX President John Landgraf, actor Khary Payton (who played Cutter in the pilot) reveals that both he and the rest of the cast have now been released from their contracts.

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By Josh Wilding - 4/8/2012
In the following video interview with Comic Book Resources, Khary Payton offers an update on the small screen adaptation of Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Oeming's Powers, revealing some disappointing news for fans. It appears that each of the actors cast in the pilot have now moved on to other projects (understandably so) and been released from their contracts by FX. What this means for the long-gestating show remains to be seen. The actor also discusses Young Justice and more.


"The thing is that it's so cool. It's SO cool! I love it. I love 'Powers.' I love Brian Bendis and Michael Oeming. Those guys are – I honestly think they just cast me in it so that I'd go buy all their comic books. I have no time for my three-year-old anymore. I'm reading Brian Bendis and putting Michael's picture on my wall.

"But they're amazing, and there really is a commitment. The higher ups want to do this so badly because they know it's going to be the coolest thing on television. But it's hard. It's a hard concept, I think, to get. And they had to step back and start over again. From what I hear, the plan is still moving forward.

"Unfortunately, we – all of the actors – got released. They're literally starting over. They want to do it again. And fortunately and unfortunately, I'm doing another show, and I still hope beyond hope that I can be a part of 'Powers.' But I'm happy to be working. But things are happening with 'Powers' absolutely. There are scripts being turned out. They just want more material to hear that they're getting it right."


Following this interview, Comic Book Resources reached out to a representative from FX who said, "I won’t comment on any of the actors contracts, but I’ll tell you this project is not dead, and it is still to be determined if we’ll move forward with reshoots on the pilot. There is currently no timetable on when to move forward."

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CherryBomb - 4/8/2012, 4:39 AM

I don't understand why it's so hard to get this off of the ground?
Isn't it basically like Heroes meets Fringe?

it's ashame they're recasting.
I liked the inclusion of Alona Tal and Jason Patric :(
EarOne - 4/8/2012, 4:54 AM
WOW!! they're starting over..?? it shows how committed they are in getting it right. but..budget-wise, it would really put the pressure on Bendis and Oeming on how well their Powers world translate to the general audience. it would affect on how their other projects in the future.
WelcomeBackFrank - 4/8/2012, 5:48 AM
Good. Maybe they can get Kyle Chandler to replace Jason Patric.
souhunter - 4/8/2012, 6:29 AM
Boooo yaaaaa!!!
Ceejay - 4/8/2012, 6:47 AM
The literal quality of the comic was good enough to use as a shooting script anyway, they're suffering from the same old "If it aint broke, don't fix it" problem!
avengingson - 4/8/2012, 6:59 AM
Yeah, I don't get the "it's the hardest thing ever" attitude...
CherryBomb - 4/8/2012, 6:59 AM

@WelcomeBackFrank Kyle Chandler would be great :D so would Thomas Jane

CherryBomb - 4/8/2012, 7:00 AM
I also think Rachael Taylor would be a good Deena. (:



She can kick-ass, like on Charlie's Angels. And needs to play cop.
J0RELLC00LJ - 4/8/2012, 9:23 AM
I love the comic, but I kinda felt like this was coming.
Glad to hear they "want" to so it.
deadpoolstaco - 4/8/2012, 10:19 AM
bummer...great comic would be a great show
Ha1frican - 4/8/2012, 10:40 AM
@Owlman -_-
neonhero - 4/8/2012, 10:56 AM
Couldn't get into the comic, but I was hoping the tv show would be interesting. He sounds positive, but this seems like a show-killing move to me.
redrum010 - 4/8/2012, 12:10 PM
Man I really hope they can get thing rolling. Would love to see this.
HeadPool420 - 4/8/2012, 2:17 PM
I loved the comic! So I'll smoke a bowl in hopes they get it right! Whenever they do it!
grandizer74 - 4/8/2012, 3:07 PM
I'm overjoyed at any setbacks for Bendis. He needs to take a few years off and come back with something original. At this point he's just rewriting very old lines of dialogue in everything he does.
Bartman87 - 4/8/2012, 5:27 PM
damn this was one show I was looking forward to I thought they had some very good cast set up
write33 - 4/9/2012, 11:14 AM
good call on Thomas Jane!!!!!

sweet lord I am so glad they are re-casting this; it could be phenomenal TV, I so hope they get it right! FX is still the right network to do so....but hell if they do give it a "no go"....AMC are you there??
lilej2 - 4/9/2012, 11:50 AM
@Owlman you're just a lazy ass troll. Stop being a fag for once in your life
juggy4711 - 4/9/2012, 3:45 PM
BOOOOO!!!!!!

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