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'Powers' TV pilot is "still alive", insists FX president

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FX president John Landgraf has revealed that the cable network's long-gestating Powers adaptation is still in development.

Powers is based on the comic book series by writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Michael Avon Oeming.

"[It's] still alive," Landgraf told IGN. "What it's always come down to for me is I know the underlying material is absolutely great."

A pilot based on Powers - starring Jason Patric in the lead role of super-powered cop Det. Christian Walker - was developed and shot in 2011. The project later underwent reshoots before being scrapped altogether, with reports later emerging that FX were considering producing a second pilot from scratch.

"We've been through so many incarnations," Landgraf conceded. "After we made the pilot, we actually developed three more [episode] scripts. So then we had a pilot plus three scripts, and we decided between the pilot and the scripts that it wasn't quite the series that we needed it to be."

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Brian Michael Bendis
The channel boss revealed that crime author and comic writer Charlie Huston may serve as showrunner on a new Powers pilot.

"Brian Bendis is involved in every phase of this conversation and discussion," he explained. "But one of the scripts was written by this guy named Charlie Huston, and... so what ended up happening was we reconstituted the whole thing around Charlie as the creator.

"So that [first] pilot is officially gone and dead, and the actors are all gone, but we're developing a whole new pilot from scratch."

Landgraf insisted that he will make a final decision on the future of the Powers adaptation in the next few months.

"I want to make something else with Brian and Charlie and others that's just as good but different, and trades on the particular strengths that television has in terms of what it can do," he said.

"If we can get Powers to that level, I'll make another pilot, and I'll put it on the air. But I'm not going to put anything less than an absolutely great version of Powers on the air."

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