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Updated! Comics on TV: FX's Powers pilot gets a Punch and a Patric, Showtime shoots 100 Bullets

06.21.2011
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UPDATE: Deadline says that Jason Patric (THE LOST BOYS, NARC) will star as lead detective Christian Walker in FX's pilot for POWERS. Kyle Chandler ("Friday Night Lights", SUPER 8) was previously pursued for the part.

June 21, 2011: While we don't cover much TV news, these items may be of interest given their comic origins and genre appeal. First, writer/producer and comic adapter David Goyer (BLADE, BATMAN BEGINS) is working on bringing the acclaimed DC/Vertigo modern noir book 100 BULLETS to Showtime.

The intricate (and occasionally meandering) 100-issue comic series from writer Brian Azzarello and artist Eduardo Risso follows a mysterious man with unknown motives as he reactivates “sleeper” agents called Minutemen for a conflict with a shadowy organization known as the Trust. Goyer will write and exec produce the potential cable series.

Meanwhile, FX is pushing forward with their adaptation of prolific comic writer Brian Michael Bendis' superhero crime comic POWERS.

Lucy Punch, whose name seems fitting for a superhero project (she could be a cohort of Harley Quinn), will star in the pilot as Deena Pilgrim, a detective investigating murders in a world of superheroes. Her partner Christian Walker is uniquely qualified for the job, as he was one of the "capes" before losing his powers.

Michael Dinner ("Justified") is directing the pilot. Punch also appears in this week's BAD TEACHER, although Pegg/Frost/Wright fans will recognize as the actress with the annoying laugh in HOT FUZZ.

Extra Tidbit: A PS2/Xbox videogame adaptation of 100 BULLETS was in the works several years ago but got canceled when publisher Acclaim went under.
Source: Deadline

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8:40AM on 06/22/2011
Where are all the red banners proclaiming the evils of FOX (FX is a Newscorp company) and how they ruin everything?

For the most part this sounds awesome but I tend to be weary of anything that Goyer is attached to. As long as he doesn't direct...
Where are all the red banners proclaiming the evils of FOX (FX is a Newscorp company) and how they ruin everything?

For the most part this sounds awesome but I tend to be weary of anything that Goyer is attached to. As long as he doesn't direct...
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8:53AM on 06/22/2011
I imagine because FX has a pretty good track record, and this news article isn't about them pulling the plug on something.
I imagine because FX has a pretty good track record, and this news article isn't about them pulling the plug on something.
1:11PM on 06/22/2011
Fair enough. I don't know if I am the only person that liked "Traffic Light" and that got canned after one season.
Fair enough. I don't know if I am the only person that liked "Traffic Light" and that got canned after one season.
1:24AM on 06/22/2011
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1:47PM on 06/21/2011
Powers sounds ok, but 100 Bullets sounds better.
Powers sounds ok, but 100 Bullets sounds better.
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2:02AM on 06/21/2011
FX is a station i trust(Sunny, Nip/Tuck) so I know they'll go deep in any adaptation. TV needs a superhero show unlike The Cape
FX is a station i trust(Sunny, Nip/Tuck) so I know they'll go deep in any adaptation. TV needs a superhero show unlike The Cape
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1:21AM on 06/21/2011

cool

dont have showtime and 100 Bullets sounds kinda iffy. But Powers sounds awesome, cant wait
dont have showtime and 100 Bullets sounds kinda iffy. But Powers sounds awesome, cant wait
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1:21AM on 06/21/2011

Excited for Powers!

Powers is a fantastic book that everyone should check out. Takes a fun noirish spin on superheroes in a darkly colorful way. Kyle Chandler is an interesting choice and would bring a nice gravitas to the show. Love me some BMB!
Powers is a fantastic book that everyone should check out. Takes a fun noirish spin on superheroes in a darkly colorful way. Kyle Chandler is an interesting choice and would bring a nice gravitas to the show. Love me some BMB!
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1:07AM on 06/21/2011

game

yeah I was just gonna say I remember a game that was coming called 100 Bullets. Sounded pretty cool at the time too..
yeah I was just gonna say I remember a game that was coming called 100 Bullets. Sounded pretty cool at the time too..
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