So what is really going on at The Walking Dead? Josef Adalian has rounded up all the dirt on the matters of The Walking Dead’s fired writers, and despite protestations from producers Gale Ann Hurd and Robert Kirkman, Adalian’s version is that Frank Darabont wants to have a hand in writing the whole 13-episode Season Two. “I wouldn’t be surprised if they decide to go back to a staff once they realize how hard it is to run a TV show,” unnamed sources fret, but others feel it can be done with enough intestinal fortitude.
The story also reveals that the Powers TV show is back on — with Walking Dead producer Charles H. “Chic” Eglee attached; Eglee was said to be heading off to his own show and it turns out to be the long-simmering FX pilot:
On that latter point, Vulture can report that Kirkman was right: Sources tell us Eglee is talking to FX and Sony Pictures Television about becoming a writer and exec producer of Powers, a long-in-the-works dramatization of the comic-book series of the same name about homicide detectives who investigate cases linked to folks with extraordinary abilities. FX execs are said to be very high on Powers (a pilot order seems quite likely), and thanks to his Shield work, Eglee is someone the network and studio know quite well.
Brian Bendis tweeted right along to confirm this:
ok, i rarely do this. but the powers tv rumor that hit the net today… confirmed as fact!
So the Walking Dead Effect is already being felt in Hollywood — and with the Powers books by Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming being a reader-friendly, well-defined series, if a TV show does take off, so should the graphic novel sales.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.