In the wake of the huge success of the Walking Dead television series, spawned from the popular comic book by Robert Kirkman, another comic entity has been given the greenlight; Powers.
Powers, created by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming, follows a unit of homicide detectives who focus on cases involving super-heroes. Powers, originally acquisitioned by Sony Pictures to be a feature film has been picked up FX Productions to become a television series after a decade long hiatus on the project. Charles Eglee has written the pilot (he also penned The Walking Dead) and Circle Of Confusion, the company behind The Walking Dead, will be directing. Brian Michael Bendis, Michael Avon Oeming, Michael Dinner and David Engal will act as executive producers.
With the huge talent of Bendis behind them, Fx Production will no doubt produce a series that mirrors the high quality of The Walking Dead. Bendis, best known for his work with Marvel’s ‘X-Men’ and ‘Avengers’, seems optimistic about the project and posted on twitter an enthusiastic and sarcastic quip
Powers pilot was just greenlit by FX,” “It’s official! Your window of reading Powers while it was still cool is running out.
I am fairly excited to see how they will condense over sixty issues of a widely popular comic into a television series, if it is going to be made by the guys who gave us The Walking Dead series then they have already gained my trust. This will also, hopefully, pave the way for there to be less pressure on studios to condense epic graphic novel series into two hours films, to give the viewer a chance to witness the full scope of the story and complex character development. They know now that it is possible.