Powers TV Series Still in Limbo

Powers Comic Book CoverThe idea of a TV show that takes place in a world where superheroes and supervillains aren’t just real, but are a part of Everyday life is possibly the coolest idea that’s ever dared call itself an idea. Of course, it’s also extremely ambitious and “out there”, so that may, in some part, explain why the show is having such a hard time getting on the air, even on a small cable net like the FX Channel, which usually prides itself on having “no box” for what constitutes a “TV show”.

As you’ll recall, late last year there were troubling news that the show had gone back for “re-tooling”, which would likely include reshoots and rewrites of the pilot script. FX’s John Landgraf has elaborated on that during the recent TCA shindig with the press:

We didn’t pick the pilot of Powers up; we went back and Chick Eglee, who had written it, did a fairly substantial rewrite that would require pretty extensive reshoots of the pilot. Right now we’re in the process of deciding whether to pull the trigger on the reshoot.

They haven’t even reshot the pilot episode yet, apparently because it would be “extensive” work. Doesn’t sound too good, does it?

Landgraf continues to offer more reasons why he’ll probably say No to the show without, you know, actually coming out and saying, “These are the reasons I’m turning this show down”:

This is as difficult an adaptation as I’ve ever worked on. Difficult adaptations interest me but this is a really hard one. When you think about a 10 o’clock drama — a Sopranos-esque drama or any serious drama — there’s never been a feature film or TV series that’s taken the super hero genre into that type of tonality, it’s never been done and it’s just really a struggle. It can be done, it’s just proving really difficult.

Like many of you, I had a lot of hope for this show when it was first announced, but it doesn’t sound like the FX network will “pull the trigger” on the pilot after all.

Whatever they decide, we’ll apparently know once and for all in a few months. Will we ever find out who killed Retro Girl? Your guess is as good as mine.

Powers Comic Book Cover

Via : THR