David Slade (Hannibal, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) has signed on to helm the opening two episodes of Powers, the Sony Playstation Network series based on the graphic novel by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming. He will direct from scripts by Charlie Huston (The Smoking Gun Presents: World’s Dumbest), who penned the first two episodes of the live-action series, which is set to premiere exclusively on Sony’s network in December. Slade and Huston also will exec produce the first two episodes.
Combining the genres of superhero fantasy, crime noir and police procedural, Powers is set in a world full of people with superhuman abilities and where all of those powers are just another catalyst for mayhem and murder. It follows the lives of two homicide detectives, Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim, who are assigned to protect humans like us and investigate cases involving people with superhuman abilities, referred to as Powers who glide through the sky on lightning bolts and fire and who clash above cities in epic battle, oblivious to the mortals below.
Powers is produced by Sony Pictures TV. Circle of Confusion, Bendis, Oeming and Michael Dinner also will executive produce with Huston and Remi Aubuchon (Falling Skies), along with Circle of Confusion’s David Engel, David Alpert and Lawrence Mattis. Huston and Aubuchon will serve as showrunners. SPT will sell internationally.
Slade most recently directed episodes of NBC’s Hannibal as well as AMC’s Breaking Bad and the pilot of NBC’s Awake. His feature credits include The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, 30 Days Of Night, and Hard Candy. Slade is repped by WME and Anonymous Content.