Playstation Network (PSN) is getting into the TV business. The gaming site is launching its first original live action series with “Powers,” which is set to debut on the PSN streaming service in December 2014 in the United States and Canada. Read further to learn more about this story.
“Powers” was originally for development with the FX cable network. In fact, the pilot episode had been filmed with Jason Patric and Lucy Punch taking the lead roles. But numerous script changes and further redevelopment delayed the series, until FX decided ditching the project altogether.
The series found a new home with Sony Computer Entertainment, which has been looking for an original program for its Playstation Network, a popular site for gaming enthusiasts.
“Powers” is based on a graphic novel created by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming. The story’s central characters are Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim, who are homicide detectives tasked to taking charge of cases that involve people gifted with superpowers. Walker himself is gifted, which makes him the best person assigned for the police force’s Powers Division.
The story has an edgy theme, set in a relevant time where paparazzi culture in social media is very much active. The story also tackles serious issues, showing that not every gifted person will choose to use their powers for good.
The show is still finding its lead stars and cast, but according to Zap2it, David Slade, whose credits include directing episodes of “Hannibal” and “Breaking Bad,” has been enlisted to direct “Powers.”
The first two episodes have been written by Charlie Huston, while Bendis and Oeming, the comic book writers, are on hand as executive producers, along with Charlie Huston, Michael Dinner, Remi Aubuchon and David Engel.
Subscribers to PSN in the United States and Canada will be able to watch the first three episodes of “Powers” for free, while members with premium subscription to PSN can view the entire series at no cost once the show has been released.
And that’s the news on “Powers,” Playstation Network’s first original live-action series, which will be streamed in December 2014 on PSN. Check back to Movie News Guide (MNG) for more updates about this show and other stories.
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