POWERS Co-Lead Lucy Punch Departs; Creator Brian Michael Bendis Says Pilot Isn't Dead
The upcoming TV series based on the Eisner Award winning comic book series Powers by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming was recently passed over from airing on FX this season, and now one of it's primary cast members has moved on.
Powers follows Detective Christian Walker, once a costumed hero who has since lost his extraordinary abilities, and his new partner Deena Pilgrim as they investigate crimes related to super-powered beings. Created by artist Michael Avon Oeming and writer Brian Michael Bendis, a television pilot produced by Sony and FX network was scheduled to air sometime in 2012. The show would feature Jason Patric as Detective Walker, Lucy Punch as Detective Pilgrim and Charles S. Dutton as the head of a homicide police precinct where the detectives work. The pilot also stars Carly Foulkes as Retro Girl, Bailey Madison as young orphan Calista, Titus Welliver as Triphammer (an Iron Man-like character) and Vinnie Jones as mobster Johnny Royale.
Last month, FX president John Landgraf stated that the network didn't pick the pilot for the 2012 television season and that it needed a fairly substantial rewrite with plenty of re-shoots before they would reconsider it. Those re-shoots were scheduled to take place in Chicago, Illinois, but were not greenlit in time.
Now, the series co-lead Lucy Punch has signed a deal to star opposite Abby Elliott in an upcoming single-camera comedy pilot for Fox titled Ned Fox Is My Manny.
Powers creator Brian Michael Bendis followed up this news with a Facebook post offering fans of the longstanding property hope that it will eventually come to fruition: "...though lucy punch has moved on, powers tv is not dead. if it was i would tell you honest & true. new scripts have been ordered for more episodes & there will be news in may about how we are going forward. the network is behind us all the way. its quite nice. its going to be a long haul but its all about quality. i desperately want the best show we can make."