A first look (above) via press photo, at a project that was once set up at FX, and is now going to be a Sony Playstation Network series…
That’s right – Sony is developing original programming for its Playstation (Microsoft is doing the same with the XBox. These things aren’t simply gaming consoles anymore. They are content delivery portals into your living rooms, as the competition for eyeballs becomes even more intense).
As recently as 2011, when FX was interested in the property, Charles S. Dutton had been cast in what was to be a pilot based on the comic book series “Powers,” created by Brian Michael Bendis, whose credits include Marvel’s “Avengers, X-Men,” & “Ultimate Spider-Man” and Michael Avon Oeming.
The series takes place in a world in which having superpowers is common; Dutton was to play a Captain Cross, the head of a homicide police department that investigates crimes involving people with superpowers.
The pilot never went to series at FX.
Skip ahead to earlier this year, 2014, when Sony announced that a live-action adaptation of “Powers” had been ordered direct-to-series for its Playstation Network, which would star Sharlto Copley and Susan Heyward as the 2 leads – Detectives Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim; the “heart and soul of the series,” says creator Bendis.
Joining them in supporting roles are Max Fowler and Adam Godley, with David Slade directing the first 2 series, from scripts by Charlie Huston.
The dramatic series based on the gritty graphic novels asks the questions: What if the world was full of people with superpowers? What if all that power was just one more excuse for mayhem and murder? And what if you were the cop who had to deal with it all? Welcome to the lives of Detectives Christian Walker (Sharlto Copley) and Deena Pilgrim (Susan Heyward’s character), who are in charge of protecting regular humans and keeping the peace, investigating cases involving those with superhuman abilities.
Deena Pilgrim begins the series as a rookie – a lowly police officer on the streets of Chicago, under a corrupt captain named Adlard (who worked for Mama Joon, a powerful crime boss). Adlard was murdered 7 years prior, just before Deena’s transfer request to work with Walker as part of the Powers Homicide department. Little else is known of her past, though she reveals in the comic that her brother was a Power called “Hoodwink”. Deena’s character is further described as attractive, rambunctious, funny, agile, smart, a pro with various combat weapons and fighting styles.
The character isn’t black in the comics, so this is a noteworthy bit of what they call “color-blind casting.” Expect the fanboys and girls to revolt!
Heyward will be familiar to fans of the FOX TV series “The Following” in which she had a recurring role on during the season that just ended. She appeared in 5 episodes. She also had a part in Andrew Dosunmu’s “Mother of George,” and will next be seen in Sam Raimi’s “Poltergeist” remake, which is due in theaters next year.
Bendis, Oeming and Michael Dinner will executive produce “Powers” with Huston and Remi Aubuchon, along with Circle of Confusion’s David Engel, David Alpert and Lawrence Mattis. Huston and Aubuchon will serve as showrunners.
The series is currently filming in Atlanta but no debut date is set for what will be a 10-episode first season.