After months without any solid news on FX’s adaptation of Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming’s “Powers” comic, today new information has come to light from two different sources. Charles “Chic” Eglee — producer and head writer of the proposed “Powers” series on FX and developer of Robert Kirkman’s “Thief of Thieves” for AMC — appeared today in a new “Nerdist Writer’s Panel” that was recorded in April, noting that one project’s creation did not mean the other’s demise. “Unfortunately, the announcement of ‘Thief of Thieves’ this last week was interpreted by a lot of people that that somehow put ‘Powers’ in limbo, and that’s not the case at all. We’re actively moving forward with [‘Powers’],” Eglee said, explaining that the FX network has ordered three scripts which were being prepped by a writer’s room as the show was recorded. He noted that the plan currently stands to reshoot the pilot episode once those scripts are approved.
“‘Powers’ was one of those things that, after ‘Walking Dead’ I was looking around — it was really kind of happenstance — I was looking around for my next project and ‘Powers’ had been…around for like 12 years,” the writer said, noting the project’s stops and starts including once being slated for a Frank Oz film at Sony. “My background is really more kind of cop stuff — cop and law. And my approach to the show was a little more superhero-adjacent as opposed to it being a superhero show because I really don’t know much about that world, and I’m not particularly adept in telling those stories. So I was approaching it as if it was a straight cop show. It just so happens that the world was populated by these entities that have various powers and abilities and are able to create mayhem that our guys have to deal with in a legitimate cop procedural way.”
Eglee dove into his first season plans for the show, saying, “For those of you who know the comic at all, there’s an installment called ‘Who Killed Retro Girl?’ and it just seemed to me that rather than wrap that up in a one-hour pilot, the thing to do was really let that be a whole season — the 13 episodes. Treat it as one murder investigation with weekly stories, self-contained narratives in each episode. But the big event — sort of like ‘Murder One’ really — was solving that crime and using that to develop our characters and dramatize the world.
“We’re not really hinging the show on the solving of that particular crime,” Eglee continued. “It’s really about Christian Walker’s journey. This guy is…sort of ‘The Man Who Fell To Earth.’ He was this Olympian god who had powers and was immortal, and he sort of got thrown out. And now, here he is walking the earth with mere mortals and trying to put it together.”
And just yesterday, Bendis himself posted on Tumblr that “Based on the pilot the network ordered a handful of new scripts for new episodes and the writers should be handing them in soon. its slow and steady but we are still alive.”
Of his other comics-related project, Eglee had little to say. “‘Thief of Thieves’ was conceived with an eye towards developing it as a TV show,” he noted, relating some of Kirkman’s oft-repeated notes on learning a new writing process in the “Walking Dead” writer’s room. That series, however, is far from moving forward to pilot phase at this point.
For much more on this and many other writing issues, check out the Nerdist, and stay tuned to CBR News for more on the “Powers” TV series.