Zac Efron / Brian Michael Bendis' Fire

Zac Efron is finally going to get his shot at comic book heroism, thanks to Jesse Wigutow. Universal Pictures has just tapped the Tron 3 scribe to pen Fire, which Efron has been attached to produce and star in since 2010. It’s an adaptation of the 1993 miniseries of the same title by Brian Michael Bendis, and sounds more Bourne than Spider-Man. Hit the jump for the latest details on the project.

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News on a screen adaptation of Brian Michael Bendis‘ comic book series Powers has been painfully slow going: It’s been eleven years since the series launched to critical acclaim, ten years since Sony optioned it for a film, two years since the project was redirected to the small screen, and one year since Bendis and Journeyman creator Kevin Falls pitched the show to cable network FX.

Now, finally, FX has greenlit a pilot for the series. Hopefully, this means we can look forward to development on this project picking up pace. More details after the jump.

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Brian Bendis is a well known, well respected bestselling comic author. He has won critical acclaim including five Eisner Awards (the comic equivalent of the Oscar), and remains one of the most successful writers working in mainstream comics. Bendis was behind the Spider-Man comic book reboot, Ultimate Spider-Man, which he continues to write ten-years and 130-something issues later. Could Bendis be consulting on the upcoming 3D Spider-Man reboot?

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I’ve been trying to keep abreast of development on the possible Powers TV series for some time now. Okay, well, before February 2009, I thought I was keeping abreast of a possible Powers movie, but the interest has been there whatever the medium. If you don’t know the original comics, here’s the pitch: homicide detectives investigate cases related in some way to superpowered individuals, sometimes as the victim, sometimes as the perpetrator, or in some other respect. It’s not quite Law & Order: Heroes, but somebody is going to make that joke.

Right at the moment, it seems that progress on the show is going very well. Around two months ago, we now know, the comics creator Brian Bendis and Journeyman‘s creator Kevin Falls made their pitch to the FX channel’s president, John Landgraf. He described it as “a good take” and “great”, which might be just about as animated as he gets. As I type, Falls is apparently just hours away from handing his pilot script into the FX execs. He’s probably already started tying the brads.

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For a while, Brian Bendis‘ comic book series Powers was looking to be a big-screen adaptation. Back in 2001, Sony had several drafts drawn up and Frank Oz was, if I remember correctly, attached to direct. Bendis wasn’t too pleased with how the project was going, however.

He tells MTV’s Splash Page, “We had to sit through waves of screenplays that were just inappropriate for the product, and for fans of the book. There were whole drafts of the screenplay without Deena Pilgrim in them. They’d hand me the screenplay and go, “What’s wrong with this?” and I’d go “He has no one to talk to!””

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