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.
As part of the network’s TCA Press Tour presentation, President and General Manager of FX Networks, John Landgraf, took some time to talk about the creative direction for Season 2 of American Horror Story, the fact that Ryan Murphy is currently assembling a new cast with the addition of two or three previous cast members, and the shelf-life that he sees for the series. He also talked about the appeal of Anger Management and what made them want to work with Charlie Sheen, as well as the status of Powers, an adaptation of the comic book series about homicide detectives who investigate cases involving superheroes and super-villains with superhuman powers, which are common in their world. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
A few weeks ago, I was able to speak with Bailee Madison about starring in director Troy Nixey’s Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark. The story centers on an architect (Guy Pearce), his new girlfriend (Katie Holmes), and his daughter (Madison) during the restoration of Blackwood Manor, a Gothic mansion infested by “an army of beady-eyed, sharp-clawed monsters emerge, small in size but endless in number: the homunculi.”
During the interview, Madison talked about filming in Australia and the process of getting into character, the rehearsal process, her favorite scene, working with Holmes and Pearce and the offset experience, the opening scene of the movie, and her character in FX’s Powers. Hit the jump to watch.
We have some set photos to bring you from three different projects this afternoon. First up, we have a look at some props from director Ridley Scott’s Prometheus. Starring Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Ben Foster, Guy Pearce, and Noomi Rapace, the film is set in outer space and, per the synopsis, promises to provide answers for “our most profound questions and to life’s ultimate mystery.” Next, we have some tweeted pics from the set of the pilot episode of FX’s Powers. Starring Lucy Punch (Bad Teacher), Bailee Madison (Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark), and Jason Patric (The Losers), the series adapts the Brian Michael Bendis comic of the same name and focuses on two homicide detectives who specialize in investigating murders involving people with superpowers.
After the jump, you’ll also find images of Vanessa Hudgens on set of writer/director Ron Krauss’ drama Gimme Shelter. Also starring Rosario Dawson and Brendan Fraser, the film centers on a pregnant teen who, after being turned away by her business-savvy father, is forced to take to the streets and, you guessed it, dumpster dive. Hit the jump to check out all of the pics. Prometheus hits theaters on June 8th, 2012 while Powers will look to make it to series this fall. Gimme Shelter is currently eyeing a 2012 release. [Update: We have removed the images from Prometheus at the request of the studio]
TV wants Kyle Chandler. He passed on Terra Nova, and the talks between Chandler and FX to star in the series adaptation of the Brian Michael Bendis comic Powers unfortunately led to nothing. He’ll find a new home where he can be my TV dad soon enough. In the meantime, let’s talk about Powers, an exciting prospect even independent of Chandler.
Powers centers on two homicide detectives who investigate murders that involve those gifted with superpowers. Deadline reported last night that Lucy Punch (Bad Teacher) will play rookie detective Deena Pilgrim, and tonight follows up with the news that Jason Patric (The Losers) is set as Deena’s partner Christian Walker. The casting (particularly Punch) is out there, just enough for me to give the benefit of the doubt to FX. I love everything the network has produced in the past couple years. The folks behind the camera are solid. Charles Eglee (The Walking Dead) scripted the pilot, which Michael Dinner (Justified) will direct. Plus, Bendis and Powers artist Michael Avon Oeming are on board as producers — always a nice touch.
Read the synopsis for Powers Vol. 1: Who Killed Retro Girl?, a collection of the first six issues, after the jump.
[Update: We've been sent the full press release on the film, which includes the additional casting of Charles S. Dutton and Bailee Madison. Full release included after the jump]
In February we learned that Brian Michael Bendis’ comic book Powers would get the TV series treatment at FX. Written by Charles H. Eglee (The Shield) and to be directed by Michael Dinner (director of pilots for Justified and Sons of Anarchy), the series is a police produral set in a world where superpowers are relatively common. It centers on two detectives, Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim, in a Homicide department that deals with cases involving “powers” (people with superpowers). Now Deadline reports Kyle Chandler of Friday Night Lights is being courted to lead the new drama series. Apparently he won’t actually decided on the role until he reads a new draft of the script (from the actor’s own notes). Sounds like it definitely has some potential.
For news on Jonathan Groff going back to Glee (and the spoilerish details on his return), hit the jump.
I don’t know too much about comics, but I know enough to take notice when I hear “Brian Michael Bendis.” As a TV geek, I trust the FX development process, which has produced Archer, Justified, Louie, Terriers (RIP), and Lights Out — a murderer’s row — over the last 18 months. And so it is cause for celebration when Bendis tweets:
“Powers pilot was just greenlit by FX! It’s official! Your window of reading Powers while it was still cool is running out.”
Amazon is processing my order for Powers Vol. 1: Who Killed Retro Girl? as we speak. Hit the jump for details on the series.