Columbia Pictures has optioned the feature film rights to Image Comics POWERS, created by writer-artist Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming. Financial terms of the deal were listed as the duo receiving low six figures up front leading to high-six figures following the films release. The comic follows the cases of two homicide detectives -- who live in a world full of superheroes and villains assigned to the "powers" division to investigate superpower-related murders. Bendis will either receive a co-producing or an associate producing credit on the film. The film will be produced out of Sony-based production company Mace Neufeld Productions. Overseeing the project for Columbia will be executive vice president Doug Belgrad. No screenwriter has been hired to write the script yet. Mace Neufeld Productions most recent project was the occult thriller BLESS THE CHILD.