After over two years of development, Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Oeming’s "Powers" is coming to TV.
In an unusual move, FX made the announcement Friday night through John Solberg’s Twitter account. The pilot script was written by former "Walking Dead" executive producer, Charles H. Eglee, with Michael Dinner attached to the direct the pilot episode.
"Powers" was created by Bendis and Oeming in 2000 and follows a former superhero named Christian Walker, who reinvents himself as police homicide detective. The crux of the series centers on Walker and his partner, Deena Pilgrim as they investigate superpower related murders. Deadline is reporting that casting for the pilot will begin immediately with a target date for principal production set for the spring.
Also via twitter, Bendis offered his response to the news.
“’Powers’ pilot was just greenlit by FX!” exclaimed Bendis. “It’s official! Your window of reading ‘Powers’ while it was still cool is running out.”
Sony first optioned "Powers" as a potential feature film back in 2001, where it languished for almost eight years before being switched over to a TV development track. Bendis first made the announcement that FX was interested in the show back at the 2009 New York Comic Con, when Kevin Falls ("Journeyman") was attached to the project.
Although Eglee’s departure from "The Walking Dead" raised some eyebrows last December, his history with FX may have helped "Powers" finally move forward. Eglee was previously an executive producer on "The Shield." Prior to that, he also wrote for "Dark Angel," "Dexter" and "Murder One."
Dinner also has extensive experience working with FX as the co-director of the "Sons of Anarchy" pilot and the executive producer of "Justified," for which he also helmed the pilot episode.