July 28, 2012 9:20am PT by Lesley Goldberg
TCA 2012: FX Optimistic About 'Powers,' May Recast, Reshoot Pilot
Powers remains in the mix at FX.
FX president and GM John Landgraf used his platform Saturday morning at the Television Critics Association's summer press tour to tout his optimism for the network's adaptation of the Image/Icon comic series.
Four scripts for the project based on the superhero franchise created by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming have been ordered but there's a strong likelihood that the pilot will not look the same.
Jason Patric stars in the pilot as Christian Walker, a cop who works in the Powers division of the police force and deals with crimes involving those endowed with special abilities.
Landgraf, a noted fan of the source material, told reporters it's likely the network will "start from scratch" and reshoot the pilot with a new cast and that Patric "may come back."
"If we elect to move forward, I think we'll just go back and reshoot it with an entirely new cast," he said.
Lucy Punch co-starred as Deena Pilgrim, a rookie detective paired with Christian Walker as they investigate the murder of Retro Girl, a super-powered celebrity. Walker’s role has not yet been cast. Punch, for her part, has already moved on and stars as a series regular on Fox's freshman comedy Ben and Kate. Titus Welliver, Charles S. Dutton and Vinnie Jones co-starred.
From Sony Pictures Television, Circle of Confusion (The Walking Dead) is producing the pilot, which is being directed by Michael Dinner. Charles Eglee (The Shield) penned the pilot and will executive produce with Bendis, Oeming, Dinner and Circle of Confusion’s David Engel.
Landgraf told reporters in January that he was mulling reshoots on Powers, which he noted was a challenging undertaking.
"This is as difficult an adaptation as I've ever worked on," he told reporters at winter TCA. "Difficult adaptations interest me but this is a really hard one."