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Powers is an FX Network American television adaptation of the Powers comic book series. A pilot was shot in 2011, and more scripts were ordered, but the network wanted to reshoot and recast. In April 27, 2012, two actors were confirmed as having left the show, and one of them mentioned all the actors had been released from their contracts, but writing continued. Throughout 2012 creative executives were reported as saying the show was still alive. In January 2013 Brian Michael Bendis and the President of FX both mentioned that the show had taken a new direction with a new writer. The original pilot and script had been scrapped.




Sony Pictures had optioned the series for film production in 2001. In 2009, Brian Michael Bendis, creator of the comic book, confirmed plans to develop a Powers television show on the FX network as well as his involvement as the writer of the pilot for the show. In February 2011, a greenlit pilot of the show scripted by Charles H. Eglee was announced as a co-production by Sony Pictures Television and FX Network. Charles S. Dutton became the first castmember in May 2011 when he signed on to play Captain Cross. Imminent filming in Chicago within weeks was announced in June 2011. The following week, Lucy Punch was cast as Deena Pilgrim. Katee Sackhoff had campaigned for the part. Although FX was rumored to be courting Kyle Chandler for the part of Walker, the next day Jason Patric was cast in the part. Later in June, Carly Foulkes was cast as Retro Girl and Bailee Madison was cast as Calista.

Filming began in Chicago in early July 2011 and ended in early August. The series was, at one time, slated to begin airing in 2012, likely beginning in June 2012 if a full season had been ordered at that time. However, with the network's decision to retool and recast after seeing the pilot, those dates are no longer accurate. FX hopes that the show will develop into a "gritty" crime drama much like its own The Shield or David Fincher's Seven and Zodiac. Although the show is set in an imaginary world, the Chicago 'L' is prominent in the show.

In November 2011, FX announced that it would retool and reshoot the Powers pilot. Bendis tweeted that "the reshoots are planned for January and are all about tone and clarity." As of April 27, 2012, more scripts were ordered, writing continued, but reshoots and recasting were being discussed by the network. In June 2012, highly placed sources stated that Powers is still alive. At that time, Bendis affirmed this on his own Tumblr page. As of 2013, the show remains under redevelopment at FX.