David Slade, the director behind 30 Days of Night, Hard Candy, and, yes, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, will direct the first two episodes of “Powers” for Sony TV, which will air on the Playstation Network this December. Deadline has the details, which reveal that Slade will not only direct the first two episodes of the series, but he’ll also executive produce those episodes.
We heard a bit about “Powers” at E3. It’s based on the graphic novel by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming, and it tells the story of two homicide detectives who live in a world of superheroes (referred to as “powers”) who cause all kinds of death and destruction with the wanton use of their abilities. Sony actually optioned the graphic novel to turn it into a movie years ago, and since then FX took a run at developing it for TV before it passed to the Playstation Network. With a blend of film noir, police procedural, and superhero genres, this could be a more stylistic version of “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” with a lot more superheroes actually seen instead of just being alluded to most of the time. I have a Playstation, so I guess I don’t have any excuse for not checking this out when it finally makes its way there later this year.
Slade only has three credits in the world of film, but he’s arguably made just as big a name for himself in television, setting the visual tone for “Hannibal” by directing the pilot and a few other big episodes of that NBC show, as well as pilots for “Crossbones” and “Awake” and one episode of “Breaking Bad.” So the guy knows his way around the small screen. Charlie Huston wrote the first two episodes of the live-action show. “Powers” will be different only in the way it’s presented; this will be the first major series only accessible through Sony’s Playstation Network, and as technology continues to evolve, the fragmentation of entertainment will continue to find new homes like this. (Just look at the resurrected “Community” as a recent example, which looks to bring attention to Yahoo’s new app “Yahoo Screen.”) We’ll have to see if “Powers” can find an audience on a new platform.
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