It’s true that FX has not given up on “Powers.” Though the original pilot that was developed has been cast aside, FX head John Landgraf said the network is trying again to bring the graphic novel to the small screen.
“No, still alive,” Landgraf told IGN. “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.”
Landgraf said that he and Brian Bendis ended up meeting with a novelist named Charlie Huston who had written one of the original “Powers” scripts and really liked what he had done with the material. Huston agreed to try to develop a new take on “Powers” with them, and it remains to be seen if that will move forward.
“Charlie went up to Seattle, and [he and Bendis] sat down and they talked, and read through all the books, and they came back with a new vision, basically,” Landgraf explained. “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.”
He added, “I want to make something else with Brian and Charlie and others that’s just as good [as the Marvel movies] 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.”
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