Sony Pictures Television developed a pilot for a series adaptation of the Brian Michael Bendis comic book Powers for FX, but FX declined to pick up the series. Sony could not place this property on a traditional network, so the studio decided to try a new outlet. Variety reports Sony Pictures Television will produce 10 episodes of Powers with a new cast to premiere on Sony’s PlayStation Network. Gamers can currently rent and buy movies and TV shows on their console, but this will be PlayStation’s first original series. Sony claims 150 million registered accounts on PlayStation Network, so I am curious to see if PlayStation—not to mention Amazon and Hulu—can become the next major home for original content on the heels of Netflix’s evolution into an Emmy contender.
Charlie Huston scripted the new pilot for PlayStation. Bendis and Huston are the showrunners, producing alongside Powers artist Michael Avon Oeming, Michael Dinner (Justified), and Remi Aubuchon (Falling Skies). Hit the jump for background on the comics.
Here’s the synopsis for Powers Vol. 1: Who Killed Retro Girl?, a collection of the first six issues:
Heroes glide through the sky on lightning bolts and fire. Flamboyant villains attempt daring daylight robberies. God-like alien creatures clash in epic battle over the night-time sky. And on the dirty city streets below, homicide detectives Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim investigate the murders of the world’s most powerful and popular POWERS…
Walker has teamed up with rookie, Deena Pilgrim, to investigate the shocking murder of one of the world`s most popular icons, Retro Girl.
As the murder investigation takes them from the seediest underbelly the city has to offer to the gleaming towers that are home to immortal beings, hidden truths about Retro Girl come to light. Walker finds that to solve this crime, he may have to reveal a dark secret. [Amazon]