"Powers" Pilot Loses Its Cutter But Isn't Dead Yet

"Powers" - the FX Network adaptation of Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming's acclaimed superhero crime drama - has been on a long road from the pilot stage to the small screen. And though there continue to be some bumps in the road, it doesn't look like the journey is over yet.

After the initial pilot was filmed, FX President John Landgraf candidly called it "as difficult an adaptation as I've ever worked on," and the series was not picked up. However, it wasn't passed on either. Even as actress Lucy Punch moved on to other projects, Bendis was publicly stating how things were moving forward with more scripts being written as FX decided what to do about a potential reshoot.

In a video interview conducted in March and running tomorrow, CBR News spoke with actor Khary Payton -- who played Cutter in the pilot -- about the show's prospects at WonderCon and the actor dropped some interesting news about the cast for the show being let out of their contracts.

"The thing is that it's so cool. It's SO cool! I love it. I love 'Powers,'" Payton said. "I love Brian Bendis and Michael Oeming. Those guys are - I honestly think they just cast me in it so that I'd go buy all their comic books. I have no time for my three-year-old anymore. I'm reading Brian Bendis and putting Michael's picture on my wall."

"But they're amazing, and there really is a commitment. The higher ups want to do this so badly because they know it's going to be the coolest thing on television. But it's hard. It's a hard concept, I think, to get. And they had to step back and start over again. From what I hear, the plan is still moving forward."

"Unfortunately, we - all of the actors - got released. They're literally starting over. They want to do it again. And fortunately and unfortunately, I'm doing another show, and I still hope beyond hope that I can be a part of 'Powers.' But I'm happy to be working. But things are happening with 'Powers' absolutely. There are scripts being turned out. They just want more material to hear that they're getting it right."

As it was unclear from Payton's statements whether all the cast - including star Jason Patric - had been let out of their contracts, CBR reached out to a representative from FX who said, "I won't comment on any of the actors contracts, but I'll tell you this project is not dead, and it is still to be determined if we'll move forward with reshoots on the pilot. There is currently no timetable on when to move forward."

CBR reached out to Patric's representatives for comments, but did not receive a reply by press time.

For now, fans will have to hold out hope that the order of more scripts and FX's repeated calls that the project hasn't died will eventually be enough to carry "Powers" through to the cable powerhouse.

Stay tuned to CBR News for more as it develops.

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