We learned just last week that Powers is in limbo while FX decides whether to reshoot the pilot for its “difficult” adaptation of the long-running comic series. Executives indicates, somewhat vaguely, that the future of the project would be known within the next couple of months. Now, however, we have a more concrete date: March 1.
“Last I heard, without bugging FX, is that they don’t know either … but they have to come up with something fast, because on March 1, everybody’s deal changes,” Charles S. Dutton, who plays Captain Cross, told MTV News at the Sundance Film Festival. “If I was a betting man, I would be hedging the bet, because we’re getting close to that contract date.”
Created by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming, Powers follows Christian Walker (played by Jason Patric) and his new partner Deena Pilgrim (Lucy Punch), homicide detectives in the Powers division assigned to investigate crimes involving people with superhuman abilities. The pilot also stars Charles S. Dutton as Captain Cross, Bailee Madison as Calista, Titus Welliver as Triphammer, Alona Tal as Zora, and Carly Foulkes as Retro Girl, the popular superheroine whose murder leads to Walker and Pilgrim’s partnership.
Although FX President John Landgraf said in August that he thought Powers could reinvent the superhero genre on television, the series hit a snag when executives asked Charles “Chic” Eglee (The Walking Dead, The Shield) to rework the pilot script to address issues of tone and clarity. Now the network is left to decide whether to move ahead with reshoots on what Landgraf calls “as difficult an adaptation as I’ve ever worked on.”
Dutton seemed to agree, describing Powers as a “tough translation.” “I thought that the pilot was pretty good,” he said, “but it had some concept problems.”