FX President Offers Update On Brian Bendis' POWERS Adaptation

A while back, we heard that the possible television adaptation to Brian Michael Bendis' Powers graphic novel may be dead, but now FX President John Landgraf has revealed that may not actually be the case...check out the details after the jump.

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By Alex Lynch - 1/10/2013


A few months ago, we heard that Brian Michael Bendis' Powers may never reach the air with FX, however while speaking to IGNTV, FX President John Landgraf has revealed that the show may actually happen if the vision is correct, and the show turns out absolutely great saying "I’m not going to put anything less than an absolutely great version of Powers on the air." Check out the full responses below.

On whether or not Powers is really dead
No, still alive. We’ve been through so many incarnations. After we made the pilot, we actually developed three more [episode] scripts. So then we had a pilot plus three scripts, and we decided between the pilot and the scripts that it wasn’t quite the series that we needed it to be. When I say we, by the way, Brian Bendis is involved in every phase of this conversation and discussion. But one of the scripts was written by this guy named Charlie Huston, and he was a novelist. Both I and Brian and others thought, “Wow, there is actually something in the tone of this.” So Charlie was approached, I think by Brian, and said, “Look, would you be interested in taking on Powers?” And Charlie said, “Well, I’ve never actually adapted anything before in my life. I have only written novels and stuff of my own, but Powers is my favorite graphic novel, and yes!”

So what ended up happening was we reconstituted the whole thing around Charlie as the creator, with Brian. Charlie went up to Seattle, and they sat down and they talked, and read through all the books, and they came back with a new vision, basically. Essentially, a new pilot to begin with, which is a new, different story than the pilot that we shot. So that pilot is officially gone and dead, and the actors are all gone, but we’re developing a whole new pilot from scratch.


Will FX think about shooting another pilot?
Yeah. What it’s always come down to for me is I know the underlying material is absolutely great. I know Brian has a vision, and Michael [Avon Oeming], but I feel like there have been so many great adaptations of graphic novels done that we have to add something. I would argue that what [Robert] Kirkman and his collaborators have done at Walking Dead has brought something to the table that didn’t exist before and that movies weren’t doing. I feel like we have to bring something to the table that doesn’t exist. Television adaptations of graphic novels, for the most part, have been the pretty good food you’ll take when really good food isn’t available, you know what I mean? For me, I’m not going to take second fiddle to Marvel or anybody. I’m not going to be able to make a $200 million negative, and I think that Marvel has done a great job at what they do, and they’ve created a template that really works, so I’m not going to imitate that. I want to make something else with Brian and Charlie and others that’s just as good but different, and trades on the particular strengths that television has in terms of what it can do. And if we can get Powers to that level, I’ll make another pilot, and I’ll put it on the air. But I’m not going to put anything less than an absolutely great version of Powers on the air. That’s like remaking a great film into a good film, and I don’t want to do that.




Source: IGNTV
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manymade1 - 1/10/2013, 5:44 PM
Completely forgot about this.
tazmaniak - 1/10/2013, 6:52 PM
The fact that they're continueing to develop this means they really want this on the air. Otherwise, they would have just said screw it and dropped the whole project after not being pleased with the first pilot.

Also, it's interesting that Charlie Huston is only identified as a novelist when he is also a comic book writer. With this being based on a comic book, you'd think that would be pointed out.

And then Houston goes on to say he's only written novels and stuff of my own, but he's written Moon Knight, The Punisher and Wolverine.
UltimateTypeface - 1/10/2013, 6:56 PM
Would someone leak that original Pilot and the 3 episodes to me please?
Shamo - 1/10/2013, 7:04 PM
@taz thats what i was thinking. is that not the same Huston that writes for Marvel?

but yeah, i like what i'm hearing so i hope it all pans out.
ZombieOverEasy - 1/10/2013, 7:38 PM
@UltimateTypeface...The Pilot hasn't been leaked to my knowledge and the 3 episodes were only scripts, never filmed. So there are no links to be had.
spidey1610 - 1/10/2013, 10:33 PM
Now there's a good producer who would halt production for the sake of artistic vision and plot

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